Symmetries, expectations, dynamics and contexts: a framework for understanding public engagement with renewable energy projects

Gordon Walker, Patrick Devine-Wright, Julie Barnett, Kate Burningham, Noel Cass, Hannah Devine-Wright, Gerda Speller, John Barton, Bob Evans, Yuko Heath, David Infield, Judith Parks, Kate Theobald

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Abstract

As this book ably demonstrates, there is a growing body of research on public beliefs, reactions and responses to large-scale renewable energy projects of various forms, often focused on case studies of controversy and local conflict. The profile of available cases has expanded significantly, covering a diversity of locations and contexts around the world and a wide range of types of renewable energy technology and modes of project development. Alongside the reporting of empirical research, there have also been various attempts to describe and characterize public responses to renewable energy projects and develop explanatory frameworks or predictive models. These include the NIMBY (‘Not in my back yard’) explanations of public opposition that are often favoured in media reporting and political debate (Toynbee, 2007), broad frameworks for thinking about social acceptance (Wüstenhagen et al, 2007) and statistical models that characterize and measure variables that are believed to predict the nature of public opposition (Wolsink, 2000) or planning decision outcomes (Toke et al, 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy and the Public: from NIMBY to participation
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherEarthscan
Pages1-14
ISBN (Print)978-1844078639
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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