University researcher needs help of Guernsey public to explore attitudes towards offshore renewable energy

June 20th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Commerce and Employment Department

University of Exeter PhD student Bouke Wiersma will conduct workshops in Guernsey to access the public's attitude to renewable energy (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

University of Exeter PhD student Bouke Wiersma will conduct workshops in Guernsey to access the public’s attitude to large scale offshore renewable energy technologies (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Bouke Wiersma is understaking a 3-year PhD research project at the University of Exeter.

His research will focus on perceptions and attitudes about offshore macro renewable energy such as tidal energy, as well as the future of energy on Guernsey in a wider energy policy context.

Mr Wiersma is looking for members of the Guernsey public to participate in exploring these views.

This industry-leading and timely piece of research aims to assess public views on the future of energy in general with a specific focus on renewable technologies on Guernsey by engaging with interested individuals and stakeholders, in order to come to a comprehensive assessment of islander views on the future of Guernsey energy supply.

As part of his PhD research, a series of studies will be carried out on Guernsey over the coming 18 months, starting in autumn 2013, including a number of in-depth workshops and a large-scale, representative questionnaire survey.

To register your interest in participating in this piece of locally-relevant academic research, or to find out more, please contact Bouke Wiersma by email:

To be able to ground any conclusions in a good cross-section of Guernsey society, two £100 vouchers will be given away among workshop participants.

This PhD project is jointly supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and Commerce and Employment’s Guernsey Renewable Energy Team, which is responsible for progressing local macro renewable energy and ensuring that all the necessary preparations are in place to enable the development of macro renewable at the right time in the future.

Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of RET, said “the value of this research is that it provides a completely independent review of islander opinion on the role of offshore renewables in Guernsey’s energy future, which can be invaluable in making appropriate, socially-informed decisions in the future.”

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, who is supervising PhD student Bouke Wiersma in completing the research, said “the University of Exeter is delighted to be leading this study supported by the ESRC and Guernsey.”

“The results should provide evidence as to how various groups on Guernsey see the future for local energy and renewables which should assist to inform policy on the island,” he said.


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