A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945 - 2008. Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation Research Cluster
University of Stirling
This thesis will provide an Environmental History of Hydroelectricity in Britain, set into the wider context of the North Atlantic/northern European experience. Its primary foci will be Scotland and Norway, two of the first countries to begin commercial exploitation of this form of power generation (Scotland 1896, Norway 1906). The research will compare and contrast governmental policy in both countries towards hydropower, and explore public perceptions of and the environmental debate surrounding development. A central issue will be the causes and consequences of the major expansion of hydropower in both Scotland and Norway in the third quarter of the 20th century and the divergent paths followed thereafter, within a chronological span framed by the inception of the UK’s post-1945 energy policy and the sequence of White Papers and Reports of 2003-7 (the 2003 Energy White Paper, the Energy Review Report of 2006, the Energy White Paper of May 2007), and subsequent public statements on Britain’s future energy needs. It will have particular reference to the political, social economic and environmental/ecological controversies and debates surrounding the location and impact of generation schemes on a local, regional/provincial and national scale, exploring recurring conflicts crudely characterised as between economic interests and environmental/cultural pressure groups.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2010.
Informal enquiries in the first instance may be made to Professor Richard Oram (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should ensure that they have submitted an application for postgraduate admission to the Postgraduate Admission Office, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA. email:email@example.com
Please also submit a brief CV and an abstract outlining the nature of your interest in this research topic to Professor Richard Oram, Centre for Environmental History and Policy, School of History and Politics, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All documentation must be submitted by 15 February 2010. It is anticipated that the studentship will start on 1 March 2010.