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Reference Number RES-152-25-1011
Title Public risk perceptions, climate change and reframing of UK energy policy
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy) 10%;
NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 25%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon
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Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 05 August 2005
End Date 04 June 2006
Duration 10 months
Total Grant Value £47,537
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region Wales
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon , Psychology, Cardiff University (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor M (Mike ) Hulme , Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (0.001%)
Professor T (Tim ) O'Riordan , Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (0.001%)
Dr W (Wouter ) Poortinga , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
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Abstract The international community has become increasingly aware that action is needed to address climate change. Against this policy background it can be argued that the UK is currently witnessing a reframing of political debate around the construction of new nuclear energy generation capacity as one element of the means of delivering on climate change mitigation. However, citizen perceptions and viewsare also likely to be critical to future public acceptance of any energy policy which includes a new nuclear element. The objective of this project is to understand how citizens respond to this reframing of energy policy. This will be achieved through a major quantitative survey administered by the market research company MORI in 2005, using a representative sample of 1500 respondents drawn fromacross the UK. The survey will explore: perceived risks and benefits of climate change and nuclear energy; attitudes to other forms of energy generation; and the acceptability or otherwise ofnuclearenergy and different energy futures when contextualized in terms of the issue of climate change. The survey is being conducted in collaboration with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
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