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dc.contributor.authorTatchley, Cerian
dc.contributor.authorPaton, Heather
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Emma
dc.contributor.authorMinderman, Jeroen
dc.contributor.authorHanley, Nicholas David
dc.contributor.authorPark, Kirsty
dc.identifier.citationTatchley , C , Paton , H , Robertson , E , Minderman , J , Hanley , N D & Park , K 2016 , ' Drivers of public attitudes towards small wind turbines in the UK ' , PLoS One , vol. 11 , no. 3 , e0152033 , pp. 1-16 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 242077189
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 6c028674-97f1-4c25-bd09-b1ef1ea60bf9
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84962048256
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000372708000074
dc.descriptionThis research was funded by a Natural Environment Research Council Studentship (grant reference NE/J500434/1).en
dc.description.abstractSmall Wind Turbines (SWTs) are a growing micro-generation industry with over 870,000 installed units worldwide. No research has focussed on public attitudes towards SWTs, despite evidence the perception of such attitudes are key to planning outcomes and can be a barrier to installations. Here we present the results of a UK wide mail survey investigating public attitudes towards SWTs. Just over half of our respondents, who were predominantly older, white males, felt that SWTs were acceptable across a range of settings, with those on road signs being most accepted and least accepted in hedgerows and gardens. Concern about climate change positively influenced how respondents felt about SWTs. Respondent comments highlight visual impacts and perceptions of the efficiency of this technology are particularly important to this sector of the UK public. Taking this into careful consideration, alongside avoiding locating SWTs in contentious settings such as hedgerows and gardens where possible, may help to minimise public opposition to proposed installations.
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dc.rights© 2016 Tatchley et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectAgricultural and Biological Sciences(all)en
dc.subjectBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)en
dc.titleDrivers of public attitudes towards small wind turbines in the UKen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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