The challenges of engaging island communities: Lessons on renewable energy from a review of 17 case studies

Kallis, Gina, Stephanides, Phedeas ORCID:, Bailey, Etienne, Devine-Wright, Patrick, Chalvatzis, Konstantinos ORCID: and Bailey, Ian (2021) The challenges of engaging island communities: Lessons on renewable energy from a review of 17 case studies. Energy Research & Social Science, 81. ISSN 2214-6296

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Islands have attracted growing attention as sites of renewable energy generation, both for generating commercial low-carbon energy and to improve local energy conditions. However, significant challenges exist in achieving fair distribution in the benefits and costs of developments located on or around islands and in engaging local communities on proposals for installations. A broad literature exists on the merits of different community engagement techniques but important gaps remain in understandings of the particular challenges of engaging with island communities on energy issues. Based on a thematic literature review, this article examines general principles and considerations for community engagement on energy developments, features of islands that can affect community engagement, and how past engagement processes have sought to encourage community participation, gain trust, and manage conflicts over developments. The review indicates that island communities appeared to be particularly concerned with ensuring that engagement processes give adequate priority to securing local benefits and incorporate credible mechanisms for managing intra-community conflicts. The article concludes by arguing that islands provide important arenas for testing not just new energy technologies but also ways to improve the integration of justice principles into community engagement on energy issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community,energy transitions,engagement,islands,managing conflict,trust,renewable energy, sustainability and the environment,nuclear energy and engineering,fuel technology,energy engineering and power technology,social sciences (miscellaneous),sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2100/2105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 02:02
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:58
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102257

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