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A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures

Going beyond green growth and sustainability

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides a critical approach to research on the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures and energy transitions

  • Brings together authors from different disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences to discuss a unique critical approach

  • Offers academics, students and practitioners a comprehensive perspective of what it means to be critical when inquiring into the social acceptance of renewable energy and associated infrastructures

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Overcoming Individualism and Socio-Cognitive Reductionism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
  4. Repoliticisations—Recognising and Articulating Power Relations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
  5. For Interdisciplinarity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
  6. Interventions—Praxis and Political Engagement with Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
  7. Overcoming Localism and Spatial Determinism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 179-179
    2. Energy Justice and Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Projects in the Global South

      • Dan van der Horst, Rebecca Grant, Adolfo Mejía Montero, Aiste Garneviciene
      Pages 217-234
  8. Discussion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 235-235

About this book

Renewable energy is too often pursued in a technocratic fashion, where community engagements with energy are depoliticized as consumer choices or hyper-local problems. This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary book offers an important antidote, showing how a critical approach to energy can transform how we understand the social acceptance of renewables. In these chapters, readers will find many ways to think differently about energy, while also discovering why that matters in the struggle for more just energy systems.

- Cara New Daggett, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA

This book provides a critical approach to research on the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures and on energy transitions in general by questioning prevalent principles and proposing specific research pathways and lines of inquiry that look beyond depoliticised, business-as-usual discourses and research agendas on green growth and sustainability. It brings together authors from different socio-geographical and disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences to reflect upon, discuss and advance what we propose to be five cornerstones of a critical approach: overcoming individualism and socio-cognitivism; repoliticisations – recognising and articulating power relations; for interdisciplinarity; interventions – praxis and political engagement with research; and overcoming localism and spatial determinism: As such, this book offers academics, students and practitioners alike a comprehensive perspective of what it means to be critical when inquiring into the social acceptance of renewable energy and associated infrastructures.

Susana Batel is an environmental psychologist at the University Institute of Lisbon interested in people’s engagement with energy transitions and associated social justice issues. She has published in journals like the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Energy Policy and Energy Research & Social Science, and is co-editor of Papers on Social Representations.

David Rudolph is a human geographer at the Technical University of Denmark with an interest in just, inclusive and equitable low-carbon energy transitions. He has published in journals such as Antipode, Environment and Planning C and Energy Research & Social Science.

Keywords

  • energy infrastrucutre
  • energy transition
  • energy policy
  • social acceptance of energy infrastructure
  • energy policy
  • renewable energy
  • green growth
  • sustainable energy
  • sustainability

Reviews

“Our urgent energy transition faces many social and technological challenges. While there is a much attention on the latter, the way in which society and technology interact is still problematic, poorly understood and under-appreciated. This book provides a very valuable contribution to this important field, providing original and critical insights from an impressive cohort of established and emerging scholars, and should be on the book shelf of everyone making policy, developing infrastructure or undertaking research that progresses the energy transition.” (Geraint Ellis, Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University, Belfast, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Cis-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal

    Susana Batel

  • Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark

    David Rudolph

About the editors

Susana Batel is an environmental psychologist at the University Institute of Lisbon interested in people’s engagement with energy transitions and associated social justice issues. She has published in journals like the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Energy Policy and Energy Research & Social Science, and is co-editor of Papers on Social Representations.

David Rudolph is a human geographer at the Technical University of Denmark with an interest in just, inclusive and equitable low-carbon energy transitions. He has published in journals such as Antipode, Environment and Planning C and Energy Research & Social Science.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook
USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-73699-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)