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Networks, Power and Environmental Planning

Dr Andrew Flynn (School of Planning and Geography) and Nick Hacking (Low Carbon Research Institute)
Tuesday 11th December 2012 - 4:00pm
Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building

Public seminar series hosted by the Environment Research Group.

In this paper we examine the claims that competing networks make over the safety or risk attached to an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Crymlyn Burrows in South Wales.

The paper draws upon a governmentality perspective and identifies three networks at the heart of decision making: a dissenter network, a developer network and a regulatory network. The arguments put forward by the networks reveal much about how power relations are realised at a local level.

The paper draws upon a longitudinal case study approach to demonstrate that networks have a life beyond a development decision and that key actors can align themselves with competing networks at different points in the development and operation phase of an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant.