Perceptions of unconventional gas development in Wales, in the context of energy system change
This fellowship project begins with an extensive review of what extant research has already revealed about public perceptions of unconventional gas development (UGD) in other nations that could apply to Wales – including the research fellow’s own previous work in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The fellow will then conduct a series of interviews with key actors who have contributed to the discussion about UGD’s future, if any, in Wales (e.g., members of the Welsh Government, AMs, local planning officials, NGO representatives, industry officials, and members of the public in favour of and opposed to development). The interviews will inform construction of a survey that elicits Welsh residents’ perspectives on UGD.
In addition to academic publications, results will be presented in a digestible fashion and shared with the Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales, local planning authorities, and other interested parties (e.g., NGOs, industry) at Welsh, UK, and European levels. Multiple academic publications and presentations are anticipated across the three years of research. Throughout, findings and insights will be compared and contrasted with ongoing research elsewhere in Europe, North America, and Australia through an international collaborative consortium of researchers studying public perceptions of UGD.
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