Fracking is a topic that greatly polarises public opinion wherever it takes place, with supporters making claims of cheap, reliable energy and oppents warning of potentially grave environmental consequences. Rather than focussing on the potential physical consequences of fracking, ReFINE's social science research aims to investigate the social and legal impacts of a potential shale gas industry.
Research paper by Laurence Williams, Phil Macnaghten, Richard Davies and Sarah Curtis.
Journal article published in Public Understanding of Science, 2015.
Summary of the research paper "Framing Fracking: Exploring public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom" by Williams et al., 2015.
Framing Fracking - Completed
An examination of the way in which policy making institutions engage with the public about fracking, and what could be done to improve the dialogue.
Published July 2015
Focus groups across the UK and Europe will be used to analyse public attitudes towards fracking.
Publication expected Late 2016
A study of the varying regulatory practices in the USA and UK and an examination of legal liability in the event of environmental damage related to fracking.
Publication Expected Mid 2017
Fracking industry needs to engage with affected communities
ReFINE scientists Prof. Phil Macnaghten and Prof. Richard Davies discuss the recently published ReFINE research paper "Framing Fracking: Exploring public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in the UK". The paper discusses how policy makers could more effectively engage with the public over fracking.