Symposium: Upstream Public Participation in Sustainable Energy Transitions

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Renewable energy projects often face public resistance, especially if people feel excluded from the decision making. Studies indicate that public participation in the decision-making process at an early stage of the research and development process can lead to more socially acceptable energy projects. Such participation is often referred to as “upstream public participation”. Yet, it is unclear when and how upstream public participation is most likely to lead to more acceptable renewable energy projects and thus facilitate a sustainable energy transition worldwide. This symposium brings together international speakers with interdisciplinary backgrounds to further understanding of these questions.

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Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 14.00 – 17.00 uur
Location: online


  • Nick Pidgeon – History and Recent Development of Upstream Public Participation
  • David Bidwell – Participation Lessons from the First U.S. Offshore Wind Far
  • Goda Perlaviciute, Lorenzo Squintani & Lu LiuBridging – Gaps Between Disciplines on Upstream Public Participation
  • Jerzy Jendroska – Public Participation in Plans, Programs and Policies from a Legal Perspective

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