Ecologies of differenceopportunities from encounters with wind turbines in rural landscapes

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Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Original languageEnglish
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Award date2017
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Abstract

This project attempts to provoke tourist interactions with wind energy in an
attempt to try to reveal new possibilities in these encounters. I hope to explore the tensions that emerge from provoking these interactions. This project attempts to take ‘snapshots’ as bodies move and form new connections, and in these instances explore the opportunities that may emerge for dynamic perceptions of the self and the wider world. In considering this relationship, I hope to begin to rethink ecology outside of the dominant academic discourses within tourism theory and science communication. To do this I examine the potential that may emerge as a result of shared competencies between the tourism and renewable energy sector. Within the region of Mid Wales, the site of the current study, tourism represents an economically important and well-established sector, and there is a growing interest in the potential for large-scale renewables developments under proposed government plans. In response to this, there has been an increased interest in exploring both the impacts of these proposed developments, and the opportunities that may emerge to develop a visitor attraction based on the technology. Within the remit of the current project, funding partners required that these areas be addressed and so this is considered within the wider project that seeks to explore outcomes associated with an emancipatory political project.