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Wind turbines evoke a variety of emotional responses

People’s attitudes towards wind turbines are more complex than a simple case of love-or-hate, a social science researcher is discovering. Visitors gazing at turbines in the Welsh countryside experience a wide range of emotions, from memories of youth to feelings of powerlessness in the face of the political machine, according to Greg Dash, who is studying for a PhD at Aberystwyth University.

Mr Dash, who is researching how visitors to rural landscapes perceive wind turbines, will be investigating his theme further during the national Festival of Social Science in November, organised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), when he will take a group of around 30 members of the public on a tour around wind turbines in the Ceredigion region of central Wales to photograph the structures and explore the participants' responses.

Mr Dash stressed that his work is still at an early stage and that no firm conclusions can yet be made, but said, "It does seem clear that people engage with wind turbines in a wide variety of ways, and some of them quite unexpected."

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