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A new international research project starts in November 2021: “Wind energy and the Just Transition: Political and socio-economic pinch points in wind turbine manufacturing and windfarm communities in Europe and South Africa”. Photo: Pixabay, Pexels.

Can the green transition and social solidarity go hand in hand?

A new international research project starts in November 2021: “Wind energy and the Just Transition: Political and socio-economic pinch points in wind turbine manufacturing and windfarm communities in Europe and South Africa”.

Last modified: 18.11.2021

Text: Niels Krogh Søndergaard, communications officer 
Photo: Pixabay, Pexels

In a new project funded by The British Academy an International team of researchers will develop five comparative case studies on wind turbine manufacturing and windfarm deployment in Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Scotland and England.

In charge of the Danish part of the project is associate Professor Mads Peter Klindt from Department of Politics and Society that will have a strong focus on the workplace dimension of wind turbine manufacturing.

The project as a whole “Wind energy and the Just Transition” will analyze the wide field of consequences around wind turbine installation both the community benefits and protests, skill formation, job quality and social dialogue.

Wide comparative analysis

The global wind turbine industry is key to developing low carbon energy systems, and it is also an important provider of new green jobs and a source of income and identity for the communities where wind turbines are manufactured and installed. For example, according to the industry association Wind Denmark, the Danish wind turbine industry employs about 33.000 people.

The international team of researchers will both use existing data and gather new. Five comparative case studies using data collected from interviews conducted between 2012 and 2018 and new data from interviews and focus groups will explore the following:

  • How is just transition defined and implemented?
  • What are the political and socio-economic pinch points at manufacturing sites and in windfarm communities?
  • How are the intensifying demands on work and the environment, resulting from political agendas requiring low cost and large scale deployment of wind turbines, being dealt with?
  • How can the expansion of this new industry be managed equitably?

The project is funded by the British Academy.

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