This programme will engage four community organisations, four commercial partners, two non-profit organisations and researchers from four universities to envisage and remodel the local assessment of renewable energy potential and collectively identify the related ecological and social benefits arising from sustainable land and water use at a community scale.


The aim of the programme is to produce, for the first time, a standardised assessment toolkit that from the outset involves local stakeholders in: (a) identifying and mapping potential uses of local resources for renewable energy production and conservation; (b) making visible existing conflicts and power inequalities regarding natural resource use, access, ownership and quality; (c) making qualified recommendations for enhancing the localised environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy production and; (d) making qualified intervention on local, regional and national community energy policy; impacting on the assessment and installation practice of new projects; and on the governance structures for new energy technologies at a community level.   


This unique assessment tool kit will establish a new Community of Practice (CoP) between local residents, universities, practitioners in the third and private sector who share a strategic interest in realising the environmental and socio-economic benefits from localised renewable energy potential through changes to existing policy and practice. 

Programme Team

Dr Brian Garvey - University of Strathclyde
Prof. Michael Danson - Heriot-Watt University
Dr Tara Beattie - University of Strathclyde
Dr Paul Tuohy - University of Strathclyde
Dr Kathryn A. Burnett - University of the West of Scotland
Dr Richard Lord - University of Strathclyde
Joanne McFarlane, -University of Strathclyde
Russell Pepper - University of Strathclyde
Phil Amos - ERS Remediation Service
Maggie Fyffe - Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust
Marion Smith - Kinlochleven Development Trust
Larissa Mies Bombardi - University of Sao Paulo

Final Report


There are no outputs listed for this programme.