Social

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 Papers

Framing Fracking: Exploring public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom

Research paper by Laurence Williams, Phil Macnaghten, Richard Davies and Sarah Curtis.

Journal article published in Public Understanding of Science, 2015.


 

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