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Carbon reduction, 'the public' and renewable energy: engaging with socio-technical configurations.

Walker, Gordon and Cass, N. (2007) Carbon reduction, 'the public' and renewable energy: engaging with socio-technical configurations. Area, 39 (4). pp. 458-469. ISSN 0004-0894

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Abstract

In the context of challenging targets for renewable energy generation, this paper draws out social implications of moves towards low carbon energy systems. As renewable energy develops as a heterogeneous category, many potential forms of social relation between ‘publics’ and technologies are emerging. Utilising perspectives from science and technology studies, we outline five modes in which renewable energy has been implemented in the UK and how these involve different configurations of technology and social organisation. We argue that a multiplicity of roles for ‘the public’ are implicated across this increasingly complex landscape, cutting across established categories and raising questions of meaning, differentiation, interrelation and access. Policy assumptions and conceptions are questioned, highlighting that dominant characterisations of public roles have been part of a concentration on particular socio-technical pathways to the exclusion of others.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Area
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 2196
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2008 16:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2196

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