Dr Etienne Bailey
PhD student


As a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter I am interested in issues around social acceptance of energy infrastructure projects. My research looks specifically at the contentious proposal to construct a high-voltage overhead power line (Hinckley Point C connection) through the Somerset region in England. I am attempting to further our understanding of the motivations behind support, acceptance and opposition to the development of electricity transmission infrastructure within a UK context. In particular, my PhD adopts a place-based approach to understanding such responses, utilizing the concepts of place attachment and place-based meanings to do so.

Broad research specialisms:

  • The study of people-place relations.
  • Understanding local responses to energy infrastructure projects.
  • Community Benefits Provision and renewable energy developments.
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection/analysis.


BA (Hons) Human Geography with European Studies, University of Exeter, UK.
Diploma in Sustainable Development (part of the MSc in Sustainable Development), University of Exeter, UK.

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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