Public engagement with information on renewable energy developments: the case of single, semi-urban wind turbines

Parks, Judith and Theobald, Kate (2013) Public engagement with information on renewable energy developments: the case of single, semi-urban wind turbines. Public Understanding of Science, 22 (1). pp. 49-64. ISSN 0963-6625

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662511400962

Abstract

This paper explores perceptions of public engagement with information on renewable energy developments. It draws on a case study of proposals by a major supermarket chain to construct single wind turbines in two semi-urban locations in the UK, analysing data from interviews with key actors in the planning process and focus groups with local residents. The paper concludes that key actors often had high expectations of how local people should engage with information, and sometimes implied that members of the public who were incapable of filtering or processing information in an organised or targeted fashion had no productive role to play in the planning process. It shows how the specific nature of the proposals (single wind turbines in semi-urban locations proposed by a commercial private sector developer) shaped local residents’ information needs and concerns in a way that challenged key actors’ expectations of how the public should engage with information.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 10 May 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: commercial semi-urban wind, information, key actors’ expectations, local residents’ perceptions, public engagement
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 12:40
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/802

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