- Dr Claire Haggett
- Senior Lecturer
- 5.07 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44(0)131 650 3916
- Research Interests
- Sustainability, Environmental Sociology, Community energy, Environment, Participation, renewable energy, energy politics, energy security, discourse analysis
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Tuesdays 10.30 - 12.30 during semesters. Please email me for an appointment at other times. Please note that I work part time (60%).
- PhD in Sociology, University of Surrey
- MSc in Social Research and the Environment
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
- Social responses to and acceptance of renewable energy: including on- and offshore wind farms, marine energy, hydrogen, and domestic micro-generation
- Community energy participation, politics and planning
- The social experience of noise from wind farms
- Energy consumption and domestic practices, and responses to energy technology and energy efficiency advice
- Governance, public participation, and planning, in relation to sustainable development
- The construction and dissemination of environmental risks
- The role of the media in framing environmental problems, solutions, and responsibility
- Health and well being and the natural world: particularly ‘tranquillity’ in the landscape
- Critical use of discourse analysis as a theory and method
Current PhD supervision
- Rhys Howell (Principal's Scholar): Social acceptance and marine energy in Scotland
- Bregje van Veelen (ESRC): Community energy, place and justice - a comparative study of The Netherlands and Scotland
- Ben Twist: The role of culture in encouraging environmental sustainability
- Jean Welstead (ESRC): EIA and social impact assessment for onshore renewables
I am Degree Programme Director for the MA in Sustainable Development, a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree:
I currently teach the sociology of sustainability, focusing on the social construction of the environment and landscape value and quality; responses to energy generation and use of energy in the home; and the role of the media in shaping information about the environment. I also teach a range of qualitative research methods.
I was delighted to be awarded the ‘Overall High Performer’ runner-up prize from the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) Teaching Awards, and the 'Best Teaching in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' runner up prize, and the Best 'Supporting Students' Learning' runner-up prize. Thank you to all my wonderful students who voted for me.
I have recently led/co-led a series of interdisciplinary research projects commissioned through ClimateXChange (http://climatexchange.org.uk/) for the Scottish Government, on community energy; planning and public engagement for wind farms; and community benefits from offshore renewables:
Rudolph, D., Haggett, C., and Aitken, M. (2015) Community Benefits From Offshore Renewables: Good Practice Review, Research commissioned for ClimateXChange for the Scottish Government, available: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/community-benefits-offshore-renewables-good-practice-review/
Haggett, C., Aitken, M., Rudolph, D., van Veelen, B., Harnmeijer, J., and Markantoni, M. (2014) Supporting Community Investment in Commercial Renewable Energy Schemes, Research commissioned for ClimateXChange for the Scottish Government, available: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/supporting-community-investment-commercial-energy-schemes/
Aitken, M., Haggett, C., Rudolph, D. (2014) What is Good Community Engagement For Wind Farm Developments? Wind Farms Community Engagement Good Practice Review, Research commissioned for ClimateXChange for the Scottish Government, available: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/what-good-community-engagement-wind-farm-developments/
Haggett, C., Creamer, E., Harnmeijer, J., Parsons, M., Bomberg, E. (2013) Community Energy in Scotland: the Social Factors for Success, Research commissioned for ClimateXChange for the Scottish Government, available:http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/reducing-emissions/community-energy-scotland-social-factors-success/
Haggett, C. (2010) Discourses of Risk: Responsibility and the Construction of Blame, Berlin: Lambert
Rudolph, D., Haggett, C., and Aitken, M. (2017)'Community benefits from offshore renewables: The relationship between different understandings of impact, community, and benefit', Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 10.1177/2399654417699206
Van Veelen, B., and Haggett, C. (2016) 'Uncommon ground: The role of different place attachments in explaining community renewable energy projects', Sociologia Ruralis, doi:10.1111/soru.12128
Aitken, M., Haggett, C., and Rudolph, D. (2016) 'Practices and rationales of community engagement with wind farms: awareness raising, consultation, empowerment', Planning Theory and Practice, 17, 4: 557-576
Haggett, C., and Aitken, M. (2015) 'Grassroots Energy Innovations: the Role of Community Ownership and Investment, Current Sustainable Renewable Energy Reports 2:98–104
Soma, K., and Haggett, C. (2015) 'Enhancing social acceptance in marine governance in Europe', Ocean and Coastal Management, 117: 61-69
Yang, A.L., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Haggett, C.,Wilson, R. (2014) ‘Recentralisation through regionalisation in the implementation of Rural Development Policy in Scotland’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2014.942726
Yang, A.L., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Wilson, R., Haggett, C. (2014) 'Spatial Analysis of Agri Environmental Policy Uptake and Expenditure in Scotland', Journal of Environmental Management, 133c: 104-115.
Bell. D., Haggett, C., Gray, T., and Swaffield, J. (2013) 'Revisiting the social gap: public opinions and relations of power in the local politics of wind energy' Environmental Politics, 22, 1: 115-135.
O'Keeffe, A., and Haggett, C. (2012) 'An investigation into the potential barriers facing the development of offshore wind energy in Scotland: case study of the Firth of Forth wind farm', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16, 65: 3711-3721.
Haggett, C. and Futak-Campbell, B. (2011) 'Using discourse analysis to understand the attitude-behaviour gap in renewable energy conflicts', Journal of Mechanisms of Economic Regulation, 1, 2: 207-220.
Haggett, C. (2010) ‘Risk and responsibility at 30,000 feet: who is to blame for ‘economy class syndrome’? Journal of Social Studies of Science and Technology, 1, 3: 1-26.
Haggett, C. (2010) ‘Why not Nimby? A response, reviewing the empirical evidence’, Ethics, Place, and Environment, 13, 3: 313-316.
Haggett, C. (2010) ‘Public perceptions of offshore wind energy’ Energy Policy, 39, 2:503-510.
Haggett, C. (2008) ‘Over the sea and far away? A consideration of the planning, politics, and public perceptions of offshore wind farms’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 10, 3, 289 - 306.
Haggett, C., and Toke, D. (2006) ‘Crossing the great divide: Using multi-method analysis to understand opposition to wind farms’, Public Administration 84, 1, 103-120.
Bell, D., Gray, T., and Haggett, C. (2005) ‘Policy, participation and the ‘social gap’ in wind farm siting decisions’, Environmental Politics 14, 4, 460-477.
Gray, T., Haggett, C., and Bell, D. (2005) ‘Wind farm Siting – the Case of Offshore Wind farms’, Ethics, Place and Environment 8, 2, 127-140.
Haggett, C., Coleman, R., and Hodges, J. (2015) 'Environment, Imagination and Aesthetics: a new environmental impact assessment for natural Scotland' in Griffith, D. (ed) Imagining Natural Scotland, published by Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage
Haggett, C., Coleman, R., and Hodges, J. (2015) 'People, place and community: the missing chapter', Project report published by Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage
Haggett, C. (2011) ‘Understanding people’s experience of noise from wind farms’, invited chapter in Cowell, R., Strachan, P. and Warren, C. (eds) Wind Power, Governance and Society: Lessons for Future Sustainable Energy, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Haggett. C. (2010) The principles, procedures, and pitfalls of public engagement in decision-making about renewable energy' in P. Devine-Wright (ed.) Renewable Energy and the Public, London: Earthscan
Abi-Ghanem, D. and Haggett, C. (2010) Shaping people’s engagement with microgeneration technology: the case of solar photovoltaics in UK homes, in P. Devine-Wright (ed.) Renewable Energy and the Public, London:Earthscan
Haggett, C. (2009) ‘Implications of alternative mitigation responses: renewable energy’, chapter 26 in Handbook of Climate Change and Society, London: Routledge
Haggett, C. (2009) ‘Public engagement in planning for renewable energy’, in S. Davoudi and J. Crawford (eds.) Planning for Climate Change: Strategies for mitigation and adaptation for spatial planners, London: Earthscan.
Haggett, C., Fuller, D., and Dunsford, H. (2008) ‘Tranquillity as an indicator of landscape quality’ chapter in J. Nogue (ed.) Landscape Indicators, Challenges and Perspectives Landscape Observatory of Catalonia and the Foundation for the Study of Landscape
Fuller, D., Haggett, C. And Dunsford, H. (2008) ‘Landscape and health – tranquillity matters’, in J. NoguÉ (ed.) Reflections on Landscape and Health, Landscape Observatory of Catalonia and Department of Health.
Haggett, C. (2006) ‘Science and the measurement of risk’ in G. Ritzer (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell
Howell, R., and Haggett, C. (2014) ‘An overview of social impact assessment: Working paper to inform Marine Scotland Work on social impacts’ School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, available here
Haggett, C. (2010) ‘The nuclear lobby hiding in anti-wind clothing (again): opportunity missed for balanced debate’ in The Scottish Mountaineer, Issue 43, May 2010
Macfarlane, R., Haggett, C., and Fuller, D. (2005) Tranquillity Mapping: Developing a Robust Methodology for Planning Support, Report by Northumbria and Newcastle Universities for CPRE and the Countryside Agency, available from http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/tranquillity
Haggett, C. (2005) ‘Understanding public responses to renewable energy’ UK Power magazine, July edition
Haggett, C., and. Vigar, G. (2004) ‘Tilting at windmills? Understanding opposition to windfarm applications’ Town and Country Planning, 73 (10) pp288-291
Haggett, C. (2004a) ‘Titling at windmills?’ in Elements, Publication of the Environment Council, Issue 23 06/2004
Haggett, C (2004b) ‘Over the sea and far away?: Why offshore may not be the answer to the problems of onshore wind’ ESRC Project paper
Haggett, C. (2003a) ‘Tilting at windmills? The attitude-behaviour gap in renewable energy conflicts’ ESRC Project paper
Haggett, C. (2003b) ‘Offshore wind: A brief review’ ESRC Project Working Paper
Topics interested in supervising
I welcome enquiries about supervision of research on social responses to renewable energy developments (particularly wind farms, wave power, and solar). I am also interested to supervise work from a discourse analytic perspective (from discursive psychology) on a range of topics, but particularly energy, climate change, sustainability, and the media.
If you are interested in being supervised by Claire Haggett, please see the links below for more information: