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Title: Perceptions of renewable energy in the southwest of England
Author: West , Jodie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 7605
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2008
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Despite a number of high level policies aimed at increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK's energy mix, generating capacity remains low. While many surveys have uncovered a general support for cleaner energy technologies, public opposition is still identified as a key barrier to the widespread deployment of renewable energy. In an effort to more fully understand the current debate this study turns away from the quantitative surveying approaches characteristic of most previous studies into public perceptions of renewable energy, towards a more interpretive understanding. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, this study aims to build a richer understanding of perceptions of renewable energy. Staying sensitive to the influences of worldviews and society, this study utilises cultural theory's three active ideal types to frame the renewable energy debate and better explore the critical points where perceptions either converge or diverge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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