Rebecca Windemer

Rebecca Windemer

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Qualifications

  • MSc Development Planning and Research (part-time), University of Reading. Distinction (2016)
  • BA Geography, London School of Economics (2014)

Awards

  • Royal Geographic Society Planning and Environment Research Group, Dissertation Award, Second Prize
  • Indigo Planning Prize. Awarded for the best performance by a part-time student (University of Reading, 2016)
  • Indigo Final Project Prize. Awarded for the best dissertation. (University of Reading, 2016)

Innovation and Engagement

  • Session organiser and co-chair, 'Changing energy landscapes: Challenges and opportunities in the coming socio-technical transition' session 1,2&3, Royal Geographic Society Conference 2018
  • Royal Geographic Society Planning and Environment Research Group, Postgraduate Representative (2017- ongoing) 
  • Conference co-organiser: Breaking Boundaries interdisiplinary conference, Cardiff University, April 2017

Funding Awards

  • ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Funding (Awarded July 2018)

Research interests

  • Environmental Planning
  • Time / temporality
  • Spatial Planning
  • Energy Planning

New article in the conversation:https://theconversation.com/repowering-the-uks-oldest-wind-farms-could-boost-energy-generation-by-171-106211

Conference Papers

Windemer R, 'The temporal landscapes of onshore wind'. RGS-IBG Annual Conference. Cardiff University. August 2018

Windemer, R 'Temporality, change and the challenge of achieving sustainable planning outcomes: Exploring end-of-life decision making for onshore wind'. AESOP Young Academics Conference, Groningen, March 2018

Windemer, R 'Timescapes of solar and wind energy: Negotiating reversibility and change'. RGS-IBG  Annual Conference.London. Sept 2017.

Windemer, R 'Considerations of time in energy planning: why we need to think beyond the clock'. RGS Mid term conference Cardiff University April, 2017

Teaching

  • Field Study Visit assistant in New York (2018), Berlin (2018).
  • Seminar delivery for 'key issues urban planning' (2017)
  • Lecturer on Researching Spatial Planning Methods
  • Seminar asisstant for 'Places and Plans' 
  • Essay Marking for 'Big Questions in Human Geography' and 'Environment and Society: Living with Environmental Change'

Thesis

Managing (Im)Permanence: end-of-life challenges for the wind and solar energy sectors

Siting is a key issue and a strategic resource for on-shore wind and field-scale solar energy, and the sector has a conundrum to deal with. On the one hand, the potential reversibility of the impacts such facilities may create (by dismantling and removal) is one of their key sustainability advantages compared to fossil or nuclear energy. However, given tightening restrictions on greenfield sites, the dynamics of the future development of the wind and solar industry will likely depend in large part on its ability to retain the licence to operate (legal, social and environmental) in current operational sites, either through life extension or repowering. Solving this conundrum faces a shifting regulatory environment (e.g. in planning) but also uncertainties arising from social changes in the wider setting and developer/operator behaviour. As the sector begins to enter an era where initial planning consents are becoming time-expired, it is crucial to obtain an understanding of how developers and operators are responding to end of life issues, with what effect and the challenges they might face.

This thesis seeks to understand how decisions regarding end of life procedures for solar and wind farms are considered by developers, landowners and planners as well as the communities in which the facilities are located. From this, it seeks to identify factors affecting the future development dynamics of the wind and solar sectors. Through mixed method case study research this thesis will provide an exploration of the ways in which considerations of time, place identity and the complexities of landscape change influence considerations regarding the duration of renewable energy infrastructure.

Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Dr Richard Cowell

Professor Richard Cowell

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning

Dr Neil Harris

Dr Neil Harris

Senior Lecturer in Statutory Planning