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Strategies for Integrating Quantitative Methods into Critical Social Acceptance Research

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A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures

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Recent commentaries on the corpus of social acceptability research around renewable energy have identified the need for critical approaches that move beyond individualist and positivist methodologies. Many energy-related behaviours, much like the landscapes in which they play out, are recursively recreated and institutionalized as they are enacted, limiting the emergence and success of alternatives. We believe that quantitative methods—particularly household surveys—can generate relevant insights and illustrate this with recent quantitative surveys on energy transitions that explore, among other things, issues of materiality, social location and norms. We provide empirical examples of specific approaches for doing such work (e.g. question wording, experimental design) and make recommendations for a more fulsome engagement with critical approaches within a more positivist paradigm of data gathering.

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Sherren, K., Chappell, E., Parkins, J. (2021). Strategies for Integrating Quantitative Methods into Critical Social Acceptance Research. In: Batel, S., Rudolph, D. (eds) A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-73699-6_2

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