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Dr Claire Haggett

Lecturer, Sociology of Sustainability

Research and Interests

Claire Haggett is Lecturer in the Sociology of Sustainability.  Her research focuses on the policy, planning and politics of renewable energy development, particularly the role of public perceptions, community engagement, and landscape impact.  She has been Project Manager for a series of research projects for the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange, the latest of which have explored community investment in commercial energy schemes, and community benefits for offshore renewables.  She is also currently working with Local Energy Scotland on the Good Practice Principles for Community Engagement for onshore wind, and for offshore wind. Claire is currently the co-investigator on an EU Framework 7 project on offshore energy, leading on social acceptance issues.  She works closely with the UK and Scottish Governments, Marine Scotland, the Crown Estate, key stakeholders and policy makers from the Northern Ireland and Danish governments on social responses to renewables, and is the invited expert for the International Energy Agency work on the social acceptance of wind energy.