CRESR Seminar - Local publics and offshore wind farms: constructing evidence in nationally significant infrastructure planning

Start date: 
Wed, 14/12/2016
Closing date: 
Wed, 14/12/2016
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Time: 4.00-5.00 pm

Yvonne Rydin, University College London


The regulation of offshore wind farms and other major renewable energy infrastructure provides an opportunity to examine the processes put in place by the Planning Act 2008. There has been little research on the operation of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) regime to date and an ESRC-funded project (Rydin, Lee, Lock and Natarajan No. 164522) is currently filling this gap. The project focuses particularly on how local publics are involved and their representations constructed – or not – as evidence. In this lecture, research on the NSIPs regime, based on detailed reading of extensive documentation, supplemented with on-going interviews, focus groups and attendance at hearings, will be used to show how science and technology studies (STS) offers insights into how the voice of local publics is constructed, the way that knowledge claims are recognised as evidence and the role that material artefacts play in the hearings and deliberations.


Professor Yvonne Rydin is Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy at University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning. She specialises in urban planning, governance and sustainability. A collection on ANT and planning studies Actor Networks of Planning (co-edited with Laura Tate) was published by Routledge in 2016. Currently and for the last few years, her substantive area of research has been energy, both urban energy initiatives and major offshore wind projects.

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