Justice, development and the land: the social context of Scotland’s energy transition

Dalglish, C., Leslie, A., Brophy, K. and MacGregor, G. (2018) Justice, development and the land: the social context of Scotland’s energy transition. Landscape Research, 43(4), pp. 517-528. (doi:10.1080/01426397.2017.1315386)

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Abstract

Scotland, like many other countries, is undergoing a transition to renewable energy. This paper discusses the social context within which this transition is taking place and which is conditioning the possibilities for energy development and its effects on people. In particular, the paper explores historically-rooted conflicts relating to land rights and wild land protection, considering these issues and their relationship to energy development in terms of landscape justice (i.e. the principle of fairness in the ways people relate to the landscape and to each other through the landscape). Pursuing a more just settlement between people and landscape is often a matter of understanding problematic pasts and working to overcome their harmful legacies. It is argued that there is an important role for heritage practice in helping to deliver energy development which takes the historical, social and cultural context more fully into account and thereby helps to bring about a more just settlement between people and the landscape.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Landscape, heritage, energy, justice, democracy.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dalglish, Dr Christopher and MacGregor, Dr Gavin and Brophy, Dr Kenneth and Leslie, Dr Alan
Authors: Dalglish, C., Leslie, A., Brophy, K., and MacGregor, G.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Landscape Research
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0142-6397
ISSN (Online):1469-9710
Published Online:31 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Landscape Research Group Ltd
First Published:First published in Landscape Research 43(4): 517-528
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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