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Title: Placing renewable energy development : an analysis of the spatialities of renewable energy projects in South Korea and Japan
Author: Jeong, Yonjoo
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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With growing concerns about global climate change there is increasing interest in the development of renewable energy (RE) and in the many different ways in which this can be taken forward. Existing studies of the social relations at work in RE project development have largely focused on patterns of conflict and have tended to consider places as forming a passive and contained background in which RE projects are situated. In so doing they have failed to see the intricate relations between place and people and the various forms of spatiality that are enrolled into the discourses through which projects are represented and understood. This thesis aims to enhance our understanding of RE development through investigating the spatial relations embedded in the discourses surrounding RE projects, focusing on the construction of place and spatiality and its effects. This study also seeks to broaden the research base by examining three case studies of the emergence of RE projects in the non-Western national contexts of South Korea and Japan. Based on a case study approach, the primary data was collected using in-depth interviews with stakeholders in each RE project and is analysed using discourse analysis to reveal the social and spatial relations embedded in the way in which place is conceptualised in RE projects. These case studies show that the boundaries of places where projects were situated are not fixed, rather the demarcation of the places is temporary and provisional and their identity is multiple, thus places are relationally conceptualised in their unique social contexts. Places are also open to change in part in response to the multiple social relations embedded in RE developments. Thus, an analysis of the construction of place and spatiality and their effects on social relations enables us to gain better understanding of the diversity and complexity of RE development and of how and why RE projects emerge in particular contexts and with different profiles and experiences of social involvement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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