Making Space for Wind Farms: Practices of Territorial Stigmatisation in Rural Denmark

David Rudolph, Julia K. Kirkegaard

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    While issues of siting wind farms have often revolved around their local resistance, finding adequate locations and gaining access to land for large wind energy projects has become an increasingly significant challenge for developers, in particular in small countries with relatively mature wind energy sectors, such as Denmark. By drawing on the case of “Outskirts-Denmark”, this paper focuses on how existing territorial stigma of rural areas is co-produced and mobilised by wind farm developers to make space for large wind farm projects. In doing so, we demonstrate that the mobilisation of stigma through derogatory rhetoric and forecasting rural decline is used to legitimise the purchase and demolition of properties in marginalised rural areas. We then critically discuss how these developer practices produce controversies over the erosion of rural communities and are entangled in a neoliberal undermining of the planning system, revealing issues of rural energy justice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)642-663
    Number of pages22
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Developer practices
    • Energy justice
    • Rural “Outskirts-Denmark”
    • Territorial stigmatisation
    • Wind farms


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