A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures

Susana Batel (Editor), David Rudolph (Editor)

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    Renewable energy is too often pursued in a technocratic fashion, where community engagements with energy are depoliticized as consumer choices or hyper-local problems. This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary book offers an important antidote, showing how a critical approach to energy can transform how we understand the social acceptance of renewables. In these chapters, readers will find many ways to think differently about energy, while also discovering why that matters in the struggle for more just energy systems.

    - Cara New Daggett, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA

    This book provides a critical approach to research on the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures and on energy transitions in general by questioning prevalent principles and proposing specific research pathways and lines of inquiry that look beyond depoliticised, business-as-usual discourses and research agendas on green growth and sustainability. It brings together authors from different socio-geographical and disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences to reflect upon, discuss and advance what we propose to be five cornerstones of a critical approach: overcoming individualism and socio-cognitivism; repoliticisations – recognising and articulating power relations; for interdisciplinarity; interventions – praxis and political engagement with research; and overcoming localism and spatial determinism: As such, this book offers academics, students and practitioners alike a comprehensive perspective of what it means to be critical when inquiring into the social acceptance of renewable energy and associated infrastructures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages262
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-73698-9, 978-3-030-73701-6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-73699-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Energy infrastructure
    • Energy transition
    • Eergy policy
    • Social acceptance of energy infrastructure
    • Energy policy
    • Renewable energy
    • Green growth
    • Sustainable energy
    • Sustainability


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