Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number RES-152-25-1008
Title Beyond Nimbyism: a multidisciplinary investigation of public engagement with renewable technologies
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 30%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Education) 5%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Prof P (Patrick ) Devine-Wright
No email address given
University of Exeter
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 December 2005
End Date 31 May 2006
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £42,019
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South West
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof P (Patrick ) Devine-Wright , Geography, University of Exeter (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Professor D G Infield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr K (Kate ) Burningham , Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey (0.001%)
Professor A (Andrew ) Wheatley , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor GP (Gordon ) Walker , Geography, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Professor (Bob ) Evans , School of the Built & Natural Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Professor J (Julie ) Barnett , Psychology, University of Bath (0.001%)
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Abstract This research project, involving five UK universities (De Montfort, Lancaster, Loughborough, Northumbria and Surrey) and a team of 8 investigators led by Dr. Patrick Devine-Wright, aims to increase understanding of public responses to renewable energy technologies, the local experience of resistance and consent and ways in which public engagement is constructed and practised in the UK. Specific research tasks include: a literature review of theory and practice in public engagement, NIMBYism and public perceptions of renewable energy technologies; a qualitative study of representations of the public in relation to renewable technologies, investigating how such representations may have shaped technological design pathways, involving interviews with a range of stakeholders; the production of an integrated framework for understanding public engagement and perceptions that encompasses technical and social science; testing this framework in a series of multi-method case studies, involving different renewable energy technologies; to refine the framework and disseminate to research users. In terms of outcomes, the project aims to improve our understanding of processes of public engagement with renewable energy development. It also aims to influence practice, by using the framework to suggest how a constructive dialogue can be better facilitated between publics and other stakeholders.
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