Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training for Renewable energy And sociaL acceptance

  • Sillak, Silver (PI)
  • Sperling, Karl (Supervisor)
  • Borch, Kristian (Supervisor)
  • Ellis, Geraint (PI)
  • Devine-Wright, Patrick (Project Participant)
  • Wustenhagen, Rolf (Project Participant)
  • Ryan, Geraldine (Project Participant)
  • Bartel, Susana (Project Participant)
  • Hildebrand, Jan (Project Participant)

Project Details


Europe is at the beginning of a major transition to a low carbon economy and is experiencing substantial growth in the expansion of renewable energy generating capacity. However, parallel to this technological investment, many Member States are witnessing increasing levels of local opposition to individual projects, particularly for wind energy, which is now the cheapest form of energy generation. This has a range of consequences including increased deployment costs/delays, increased regulatory demands, reduced market support and highlights a major social challenge for the energy transition. In response to this, MISTRAL aims to nurture a new generation of researchers who can effectively evaluate the complexity of social acceptance issues facing the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure and propose innovative solutions in a variety of research, government and business contexts. It will do this by fostering a vibrant inter-disciplinary environment to change the way we understand and respond to declining social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructure and engage a wider range of inter-sectoral stakeholders to develop innovative solutions. MISTRAL will also provide an innovative training environment where young researchers can develop advanced skills in research and transferable skills, benefit form a range of diverse secondment experiences and debate current issues with some of the world leading researchers in the field, in order to develop advanced capacities for progressing Europe’s energy transition.
Effective start/end date01/08/201931/07/2022

Collaborative partners

  • University of Exeter (Project partner)
  • Queen's University Belfast (lead)
  • University of St. Gallen (Project partner)
  • University College Cork (Project partner)
  • Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Project partner)
  • IZES-institut fur zukunftsenergie- und Stoffstromsysteme (Project partner)
  • Technical University of Denmark (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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