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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Utility-scale wind energy projects: Managing public perception and environmental risk

11th February 2016, 17:30 to 19:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Michael Slattery

In this lecture, co-hosted by DEI, Greenspace and Hatfield College, Prof. Mike Slattery will discuss two key issues for developers of utility-scale wind projects: (1) public perception and acceptance of/opposition to wind farms; and (2) environmental impacts, specifically as it relates to wildlife.

The research was conducted throughout several important States for wind development stretching from Texas to Iowa. The issue of concern is that, while general public and political support for wind energy is often high, siting wind farms frequently raises concerns in local communities, and individual projects often fail because of effective public opposition. The goal is a better understanding of public reactions to large-scale wind developments and their impact on the environment as a prerequisite of more widespread use of renewable energy resources.

Professor Mike Slattery is Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies and Lead Scientist on the TCU-Oxford-Nextera Wind Research Initiative at Texas Christian University. Originally from South Africa, he is an internationally-trained geographer and environmental scientist: his Bachelor’s is from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Masters from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, England. Mike has worked in diverse landscapes ranging from the Namib Desert in southern Africa to the cloud forests of Costa Rica. In 2008 he helped establish a research station and several biodiversity and conservation programs in Costa Rica, including a Green Macaw Protection Initiative. His research expertise is on human impact on the environment, especially river systems, and he teaches courses on the environment, soils, hydrology, and climate.

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