Place-Technology Fit of Ocean Renewable Energy

Members of the Leslie Lab are investigating how values and beliefs influence people’s responses to ocean renewable energy development and how those values and beliefs differ by place. To do this work, we are engaged in participatory social science research to identify and characterize the values and beliefs that influence social acceptance of ocean renewable energy.

This project is supported by a partnership among the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, to advance social science and technology research for the coexistence of offshore energy with Northeast fishing and coastal communities.

This summer, undergraduate researcher Emma Polhemus joined the team, which is led by Dr. Jess Reilly-Moman. View the poster that Emma presented at the Darling Marine Center’s summer research symposium here.

If you are interested in the full set of references reviewed as part of this project, please see this list.