MISTRAL Work Package 4

Socio-political dimensions to social acceptance

ISCTE-IUL will lead Work Package 4. Research will focus on developing original scientific insights into social acceptance, primarily focusing on socio-political conditions of renewable energy development.

The role of the broader framing influences of specific institutional conditions, regulations and path dependencies and how they shape the conditions for socio-acceptance of energy projects has been overlooked; this will be addressed by linking studies of a number of socio-political attributes to how market and community responses are shaped. A range of scales will be considered and we will seek to make links with both community and market dimensions by, for example, examining the impact of differing policy regimes on overall levels of acceptance and the progress of energy transition.

Five linked ESR inter- disciplinary projects (ESR 6-10) will vary in how they examine the different scales (micro to macro) that govern socio-political conditions.

Specific training and dissemination events will engage representatives from different sectors (business, regulatory, policy makers, communities) with specific real-life challenges for policy and the social dimensions to energy transition.

The work package will aim to develop a robust inter-disciplinary understanding of the drivers and responses to declining social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructure from the specific perspective of broader socio-political conditions, and then establish common frameworks and research protocols for approaching research on the socio-political dimensions of social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructure.

In addition, the project will work to find synergies with research emerging from WP3 and WP5 to provide a more holistic means of addressing concerns over renewable energy infrastructure and to disseminate this to wider academic and non-academic audiences.

ESR Projects in this Work Package

Jean-Pierre Roux
Public Policy, Procedural Justice & Participation in the Low Carbon Transition
University of Exeter
United Kingdom

Sophia Kuepers
People’s Responses to Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation and Associated Infrastructures: A socio-historical approach
University Institute of Lisbon
Portugal

Alex Miller
Social Acceptance, Path Dependency and the Low Carbon Transition
Queen’s University Belfast
United Kingdom

Cristian Pons-seres de Brauwer
National-EU Regimes
Technical University of Denmark
Denmark

Senni Määttä
Governmentality of Public Participation in Renewable Energy
Queen’s University Belfast
United Kingdom