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Jayne Carrick
Jayne Carrick

Project Title
Improving the legitimacy of the consenting process for marine renewable energy projects by participatory Bayesian Belief Network modelling of ecological and socio-economic data.

Description of Research Project
The consenting process for marine renewable energy projects suffers from two inter-related problems; public opposition and the complexity of ecological and socio-economic impact assessments, leading to protracted delays. This research seeks to address these challenges and is inspired by experience working in the renewable energy sector, where I have seen the adverse effects of top down institutional and systematic complexity on participation. Stakeholder interactions and behaviour, as well as the procedures that dis-empower and drive wedges between stakeholders fascinate me. In response, this research explores ways to operationalise normative models of participation in environmental decision making, using advanced statistical modelling, known as Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) to unite participants with ecological and socio-economic data. Juxtaposing political theories of environmental justice and delib erative democracy, with normative models of participation, and advanced statistical modelling this research aims to improve the legitimacy of participatory decision-making process, and the use of socio-economic and environmental data.

I am an active member of the Evidence Synthesis Research Forum based in SAgE and led by Dr Gavin Stewart.
I am a student representative for the North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC).


  • Carrick, J. & Roddy, D. (2011) ‘Biomass Energy for a mixed urban / rural region’ Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy, 164, (3), pp. 111 –126. 


I was an active member of the NEDTC Annual Conference (2017) organising committee, and was instrumental in delivering a successful event, liaising with the venue, NEDTC staff and speakers.

Qualifications and Achievements

MA Politics (Research): Distinction, Newcastle University (Oct 2015 - August 2016)
My dissertation, ‘How to undertake the right kind of participation: using Bayesian Belief Networks in decision making’, reviewed methods of belief elicitation from previous studies. The purpose was to identify methods of belief elicitation that establish and cultivate engagement, to address the problem of consultation fatigue and unwilling participants in research. I found that belief elicitation can be improved by implementing a strategy for building and maintaining relationships before, during and after elicitation, to establish trust and respect, empower participants and manage their expectations.

MSc Renewable Energy and Enterprise Management: Distinction, Newcastle University (Oct 2009 - August 2010)
Developed a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of the technical, political, regulato ry and commercial aspects of renewable energy. My dissertation investigated the market opportunities for woody biomass fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) and heat-only systems in the Northeast. This entailed engagement with a variety of stakeholders (including, the general public, government organisations, charities and small and medium business owners), and I obtained both quantitative and qualitative data from interviews and surveys.

PDip Contaminated Land Remediation, University of Greenwich (2002 - 2006)

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science: 2:i, University of Plymouth (1998 - 2001)

PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification (July 2013)

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