Topic: Power Dynamics in Energy Transitions: The Case of Disputes over Wind Turbines in Germany and Canada (working title)
Supervisor: Prof. Miranda Schreurs
Wind energy is seen as a key technology to achieve climate change objectives and stimulate rural economies. Therefore, many countries support the development of wind turbines. Germany is in this respect among the leading countries and is often regarded as a role model. In North America, the Canadian province of Ontario is an example of how the development of wind energy has been driven by a specific political framework following the European example. However, wind energy development in Ontario, as well as in parts of Germany such as the federal state of Brandenburg, has increasingly met with strong local opposition of concerned citizens. The literature has studied numerous underlying factors regarding the social acceptance of renewable energy facilities, however, there is unclarity about the role of (political) power in new energy spaces. The dissertation project thus focuses on the role that power dynamics play in disputes over wind turbines.
The dissertation is part of the current lead project ”Transitory energy spaces between power, physicality and people“ of the Research Department Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Planning and Structural Development (IRS).