The local impact of renewable energy technologies: an anthropological study about the photovoltaic solar power plants in Portugal

Leading researcher: Luís Silva
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Renewable energy | Solar energy | Local impact | Residents’ perceptions | Portugal


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/93515/2013
Starting date: 01-04-14

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Abstract

This project aims to investigate the impact of the construction of photovoltaic solar power plants in Portugal, in order to produce relevant knowledge in both scientific terms – notably within the Anthropology Energy – and social terms. The research theme will be analyzed at two levels. At the national level, the aim is to build a comprehensive picture of the solar energy sector regarding the policies and the main actors related to its promotion (excluding the micro and mini generation). At the local level, the aim is to characterize the plants and the contexts in which they are installed, but also (and mainly) to analyze how, under what conditions and to what extent these technologies affect the territory and the local populations, mainly from the residents’ viewpoint. The project will be developed in three years, through methods and techniques commonly used in anthropology, including a “multi-sited ethnography” and the comparative study of three contexts.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub6*Amélia Frazão MoreiraSupervisorproj26*The local impact of renewable energy technologies: an anthropological study about the photovoltaic solar power plants in PortugalPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub97*Luís SilvaResearch scholarproj26*The local impact of renewable energy technologies: an anthropological study about the photovoltaic solar power plants in PortugalPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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