Understanding public responses to industrial decarbonisation in insecure times

IDRIC Project MIP 1.5

Cardiff University
COSTAIN
Flexis App
TATA Steel

Background

Globalisation has brought new uncertainties and insecurities that threaten citizens’ resilience, characterised by social scientists as ‘World Risk Society’. This is the social context –the ‘new normal of risk’ – within which industrial decarbonisation will have to be delivered, a situation magnified because most of the Industrial Clusters are in regions of the UK with pockets of severe social deprivation alongside the existing industry. Currently, there is no research on the social implications of regional industrial system decarbonisation framed in terms of these wider currents of risk society.

Prof Nick Pidgeon

Prof Nick Pidgeon

Principal Investigator
Cardiff University

Project Team

Cardiff University:
Prof Karen Henwood
Dr Harriet Smith

Aim

This project offers an opportunity to understand the impacts on people of how south Wales will meet the challenges of decarbonising industry. Broadly our research aims are to understand how global uncertainties produce resistances to (or embrace of) key industrial decarbonisation pathways. We are interested in understanding peoples’ aspirations to live secure and sustainable lives alongside ongoing industrial change, and in ways that embrace a dynamic, temporal perspective. We are developing a framework to attend to aspects of everyday life impacted by uncertainties and experienced through affective intensities.

Meet the Team

 

Team 1

Prof Karen Henwood

Cardiff University

Team 2

Dr Harriet Smith

Cardiff University

Team 1

Prof Karen Henwood

Cardiff University

Team 2

Dr Harriet Smith

Cardiff University

Case Study

Port Talbot Case Study

Investigate Further

Pidgeon, N., Groves, C., Cherry ,C., Thomas, G., Shirani, F., Henwood, K. 2021. A little self-sufficient town close to the beach: local energy
system transformation through the lens of place and public things. In Webb,

J. , Wade, F., Tingey, M. Research Handbook on Energy and Society Edward Elgar Publishing ElgarOnline. Ch. 22, p.p.299-316. And Thomas, G., Cherry, C., Groves, C., Henwood, K., Pidgeon, N., Roberts, E. 2022. It’s not a very certain future”: Emotion and infrastructure change in an industrial town. Geoforum 132, 81-91.

Cherry, C., Thomas, G., Groves, C., Shirani, F., Roberts, E., Henwood, K.,Pidgeon, N., 2022. A personas-based approach to deliberating local decarbonisation scenarios: Findings and methodological insights. Energy Res. Soc. Sci. 87 In press.