IES Seminar: Dr Claire Haggett


Lecture Theatre 1, Sanderson Building, Kings Buildings


Friday, March 28, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:00

Title: Social acceptance of marine energy: challenges and opportunities

Abstract: One of the key issues for the implementation of marine energy is public support and opposition.  Offshore energy projects have already met with vocal, strong, organised public opposition – which has been effective – and it is vital that this pressing issue is addressed and understood.   This presentation gives an overview of the latest academic research being carried out from across the world on social acceptance issues.  It provides examples of success stories and best practices and presents scenarios for successful siting for the future.

Bio: Dr Claire Haggett is from the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  Her research over the last ten years has focused on the policy, planning and politics of renewable energy development, and particularly the role of public perceptions and community engagement.  Claire specialises in the deployment of offshore renewables, learning and applying the lessons learnt onshore, and identifying and addressing the challenges that public acceptance brings.  She works with the Crown Estate, Marine Scotland, the Government Office for Science and is the author of a number of widely cited publications on these topics.


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