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MISTRAL Online Symposium

Social acceptance and the energy transition
13th and 14th May 2020

MISTRAL (Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training for Renewable energy and sociAL acceptance), an EU-funded Innovative Training Network ( ) organised a free online symposium to discuss recent research on social acceptance perspectives energy transition, with an emphasis on wind energy. Held over two half-days, a range of world-leading experts and early stage researchers (including MISTRAL ESRs) explored community attitudes to energy projects, and the wider governance and institutional arrangements that frame them.

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For more information, please contact the individual presenters (contact information is provided in the YouTube description).
Because the slides are visible in the videos, and some unpublished information is discussed, we will not be distributing the slides separately. 

Session 1: Community Perspectives (1)

Place Meaning and Consistency with Offshore Wind: An Island and Coastal Tale
Aaron Russell
University of Delaware

Winds of Change: Examining Longitudinal Attitude Changes Regarding an Offshore Wind Project
Samantha Bingaman
University of Delaware

Aaron Russell and Samantha Bingaman discussion


Investigating public acceptance of wind energy: evidence from cross-country surveys
Anna Ebers Broughel
Tetra Tech

Session 2: Community Perspectives (2)

What’s love got to do with it? Understanding Cognitive and Affective Responses to Wind Turbines to Advance Policy and Communication
Jeremy Firestone
University of Delaware

Keep it Local and Low-Key: Social acceptance of alpine solar power projects
Pascal Vuichard
University of St. Gallen

Offshore Wind and Community Benefits in Kitty Hawk, NC
Grant Tyler
University of Rhode Island

Session 2 discussion

Session 3: Roundtable discussion - International experience

Intersection participation policy and practices in wind energy in six European countries
Zoe Chateau, Jean-Pierre Roux, Patrick Devine-Wright
University of Exeter

Martijn ten Klooster, Mariëlle de Sain
Pondera Consultants

Kristian Borch
Aalborg University

Jan Hildebrand
Institute for Future Energy and Material Flow Systems (IZES gGmbH)

Session 4: Innovations in policy, technology, and governance of renewable energy

Understanding variable deployment of offshore wind power in Europe: How does policy innovation occur?
Jean-Pierre Roux
University of Exeter

Size Matters: The Cultural Political Economy of Research and Innovation of Wind Energy
Robert Wade, Alex Miller
Queen’s University Belfast

Cristian Pons-seres de Brauwer, Tom Cronin, Julia Kirch Kirkegaard
Technical University of Denmark

Scale, history and justice in community wind energy: An empirical review
Jamie Baxter, Romayne Smith Fullerton
University of Western Ontario

Chad Walker, Patrick Devine-Wright
University of Exeter

Geraint Ellis
Queen’s University Belfast

Michelle Adams
Dalhousie University

This presentation describes work that was recently published in Energy Research & Social Science
Volume 68, October 2020, 101532

Session 4 discussion

Session 5: Theoretical Perspectives

Planning and the management of social acceptance of wind energy; Using a governmentality approach to compare Ireland and Denmark
Senni Määttä, Geraint Ellis
Queen’s University Belfast

David Rudolph
Danish Technical University





Green growth or energy descent? Assessing collaborative approaches to urban energy transitions
Silver Sillak
Danish Technical University

This video is not available. For more information about this presentation, please contact Silver directly

Silver's project page


Unpacking the visual-spatial impacts of energy infrastructures: A critical outlook at its dimensions and associated socio-psychological processes
Susana Batel
University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Patrick Devine-Wright
University of Exeter