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Anaerobic digestion plants in rural Wales: Social-spatial diffusion of technology, social acceptance and energy transition

Dr Stanislav Martinat has won a prestigious COFUND Fellowship to support his research on the dynamics of anaerobic digestion development.

The project aims to develop an enhanced understanding of the dynamics of renewable energy development, focusing on anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, by examining the social context of technology adoption.

This will be achieved by analysing social-spatial patterns and regional differences in the development of AD plants across Wales, identifying enablers (success factors) and barriers to the more effective and less conflictual exploitation of the energy potential of biomass (like agricultural waste, household waste).

Attention will be also devoted to farmers understanding of AD plants operation as their contribution to the low carbon energy transition, to develop an enhanced understanding of how AD expansion can fit into agricultural and rural change.

The proposed research delivers applied social science research in support of Welsh Government strategic priorities for Low Carbon Economy and the Environment.

Prior to arriving in Cardiff, Stanislav worked at the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Environmental Geography, in Ostrava.

The project team

Dr Richard Cowell

Professor Richard Cowell

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning


This research was made possible through the support of the following organisations: