Shale Gas Research


ReFINE is the leading independent research consortium on fracking, led jointly by Newcastle University and Durham University. With support from academics across Europe and North America, the consortium focuses on researching the potential risks of shale gas and oil exploitation using fracking methods.  

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Quarterly Newsletter

June 2015

- European funding success.
- International collaboration.
- A look at ReFINE's Social Science research.

Newsletter June 2015

Latest Publication

Framing Fracking: Exploring Public Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing in the UK

Authors: Laurence Williams, Phil Macnaghten, Richard Davies and Sarah Curtis.
Journal article published in Public Understanding of Science, 2015. This research was funded by the ReFINE consortium.

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Latest News
New ReFINE Paper Released: Framing Fracking
14 July 2015

The latest publication from ReFINE has been published today in the journal Public Understanding of Science. The social Science paper titled "Framing Fracking" discusses the public's attitudes towards the fracking debate in the UK. It concludes that policy making institutions often misjudge what issues are key to the public interest; focusing too much on risk analysis and neglecting issues of public trust and confidence in policy makers and industry.


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