Involving communities in deliberation: A study of three citizens’ juries on onshore wind farms in Scotland

Oliver Escobar, Roberts, Jennifer

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


How do people feel about wind farms when they are given an opportunity to learn more about the topic and consider and discuss it as part of a group?

This unique research project, the most comprehensive of its kind and a world first, asked three groups of people (citizens’ juries) to come up with criteria for decision making about onshore wind farms in Scotland. Despite the diversity of views in the groups, all three juries managed to develop and agree a list of principles, showing that people from very different backgrounds and with varying perspectives can work together through difficult issues and come up with solutions.

The project report provides the policy and practice community with practical advice about organising and facilitating deliberative public engagement in support of decision-making. It explores how citizens’ knowledge and perspectives evolve during the process. It presents a picture of what the jurors decided matters most to them about wind farm development. It analyses whether three juries, addressing the same topic under similar conditions, generate different outcomes. And it explores the potential role of citizens’ juries in decision-making.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages255
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015


  • citizens' juries
  • democratic innovations
  • public participation
  • wind farms
  • local democracy
  • deliberative democracy
  • energy policy


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