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dc.contributor.authorPitanga, Victor
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-11T03:46:00Z
dc.date.available2019-04-11T03:46:00Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/10603
dc.description.abstractWind energy is touted as the cheapest large-scale source of renewable energy. From wind’s global potential of 60 TW-year/year, 10% are exploitable, which represents four times the global electricity consumption. Nonetheless, wind farms have brought controversy and conflicts to many of the communities in which they have been built. To understand this conflict, it is fundamental to comprehend the contradictive representations of wind energy held by developers and communities. The inability to establish shared common values around wind farms makes socio-economic coordination difficult to achieve. This research investigates one socially contested wind farm in the community of Xavier in the Northeast region of Brazil. The objective is to discover how wind energy is represented by industry and community and assess how reducing the conflict could be achieved. This study will use Convention Theory (CT) to assess the symbolic representations of each group. To collect the data, 19 people in the chosen community were asked to participate in a focus group. In addition, three industry representatives were interviewed. Data was coded with the software MAXQDA to analyse the discourses from each group and framed it according to CT. The results show relevant findings: the physical aspect of the wind farm is not relevant to Xavier and while the community focused on environmental justifications and the industry had a market-oriented perspective, civic justifications appear to be the shared common values through which social acceptability could improve. However, symbolism was not relevant. These results are discussed considering previous literature findings and the implications for future research.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.rights.urihttps://researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz/page/rights
dc.subjectwind energyen
dc.subjectsocial acceptabilityen
dc.subjectconvention theoryen
dc.subjectwind farmen
dc.subjectrepresentationen
dc.subjectperceptionsen
dc.subjectPraia do Xavieren
dc.subjectsymbolismen
dc.subjectindustryen
dc.subjectorder of worthen
dc.subjectwind poweren
dc.subjectperceptionen
dc.subjectBrazilen
dc.titleWind energy perceptions: The relevance of convention theory to social acceptabilityen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Applied Science (International Rural Development)en
lu.thesis.supervisorPage, Shannon
lu.thesis.supervisorRosin, Christopher
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Environmental Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc050209 Natural Resource Managementen
dc.subject.anzsrc160403 Social and Cultural Geographyen
dc.subject.anzsrc090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)en


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