D5.3: Backcasting futures for nuclear energy and society: a qualitative analysis of European stakeholder perspectives

Matthew Cotton, Gene Rowe, John Whitton, Wilfried Konrad, Ioan Charnley-Parry, Pieter Cools, Jan-Henrik Meyer, Josep Espluga, Mar Rubio, Ana Prades Lopes, Ann Enander, Anne Bergmans

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For deliverable D5.3, the social scientists within the HoNESt project have
engaged in empirical data collection on the issue of nuclear engagement
futures. This research is situated within the context of the historical analysis of
work package 2, which has examined the relationship between civil society and
the development of the nuclear energy sector across Europe, and work
package 4, which has identified the social characteristics of risk perception,
social movements of opposition, policy, civil society and regulatory actors, and
processes within a range of historical case studies. Within work package 5, the
social scientists have identified specific principles of engagement and are
working to develop a Theory of Change both within the broader HoNESt project,
and for the practices of engagement and decision-making within the nuclear
energy sector (Whitton, Charnley-Parry, and al. In preparation, Charnley-Parry
et al. 2017). D5.3 specifically develops a practical methodology to facilitate the
process of understanding and anticipating change in engagement practices
over time.
Work packages 2 and 4 have undergone stringent historical and social scientific
analysis of nuclear energy in society, concerning perceptual and engagement
issues from the inception of the nuclear industry up to the present day. In work
package 5 one of the tasks is to qualitatively assess stakeholder
representatives’ perceptions of nuclear energy and society over time – from
past to present, and then into the future. We organised a series of three
workshops to, firstly, communicate the findings of previous work packages and
stimulate dialogue around the findings of the HoNESt project (work package 6),
and, secondly, to utilise expertise from a variety of industry, government, nongovernmental
organisation, third sector, and citizen-stakeholder groups, to
assess the heterogeneous perspectives on societal and political dimensions of
nuclear history, to think through contemporary debates around engagement
practices in the industry and to think forward to how engagement practices and
policies should (and could) be changed in the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Commission – Council of Europe
Commissioning bodyEuropean research and training programme 2014-2018
Number of pages116
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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