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Wind Power Controversies: A Case Study in Ödeshög, Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The interest in further expansion of wind power has increased significantly during the last decades, as it is an environmentally and financially competitive energy source. Wind power is an important part of achieving energy goals and climate commitments in several countries, not least in Sweden. The localisation of the wind turbines has, however, appeared to be controversial and local resistance occurs more frequently as the energy source expands. This creates a complex environmental conflict where various actors struggle to obtain differing goal settings. Such a situation occurred in Ödeshög municipality, when wind power entrepreneurs expressed their interests in establish wind turbines in forest and transition areas of the municipality. This thesis aims to emphasise how wind power expansion became such a controversial environmental conflict in Ödeshög. To be able to do this, the conflict is analysed from an Actor-Network Theory perspective. This theoretical framework has been used with the ambition to describe how the involved actors strategically have acted to possibly influence the outcome of the conflict. The situation in Ödeshög have much to say about how these conflicts occur and by learning from this situation several similar conflicts may be avoided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Actor-Network theory, environmental conflict, wind power, Ödeshög municipality
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81327ISRN: LIU-TEMAV/MPSSD-A--A-12/011--SEOAI: diva2:551668
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Master´s in Science for Sustainable Development
2012-05-30, TEM21, Linköping, 21:16 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-11 Last updated: 2012-09-12Bibliographically approved

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