Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - Wind, Power and the Situatedness of Participatory Governance

Saturday, July 7
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

Jeju, an island in Korea, became a relatively stable place to site wind turbines with an unusually high level of public acceptance. Previous studies on public engagement in renewable energy have highlighted that place attachments of local residents trigger oppositions to the construction of wind turbines. Yet based on interview analysis and policy research, we found that community engagement in Jeju’s wind energy projects was combined with the collective memory of socio-economic deprivation, which enabled community engagement to matter to residents, the provincial government, and environmental activists. The situatedness of community engagement is both temporal and spatial as it is produced through genealogies and geographies of Jeju, a largely rural place with its tourism industries and memories of exploitation by the Korean mainland. It was within historically and socially contextualized processes of articulating the vision of a “good” society and sense-making of risks that an actual form of community engagement, however inadequate it might appear to some, became relevant to stakeholders in a particular locality. We emphasize that community engagement in renewable energy governance does not have singularly given but multiple and situated ways of mattering depending on local contexts.

Hyomin Kim

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

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