Senni Määttä (ESR 10)
Governmentality of Public Participation in Renewable Energy
Project keywords: social acceptance, renewable energy, governmentality, power dynamics, interactions, processes
I am a social sciences researcher, studying social acceptance of renewable energy. I am from Finland, the land of a thousand lakes and beautiful nature. I did my Bachelor and Master of Social Sciences degrees at the University of Eastern Finland. My major was Social and Public Policy, and I focused especially on Finnish educational policy and the gap between the curriculum and everyday school practise in comprehensive education. I also have experience of working for the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, where I worked as a housing benefit decisions expert.
The gap between what is being said in policy papers and what is being done in practise has always fascinated me. I bring that fascination into my project, in which I seek to understand the power dynamics of social acceptance of renewable energy. I will approach the power dynamics with Foucauldian governmentality approach, aiming to identify strategies and rationalities of different actors in discourses and practises in the field of renewable energy.