Green transition

We need to better understand the resistance towards wind turbines and solar cells

Wind turbines, solar cells, and, before long, Power-to-X plants are being installed all over Denmark, but the large plants are not always welcomed by the locals. This can inhibit the green transition, and it is an understudied research topic, according to Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, Associate Professor at DTU Wind.

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard is Associate Professor at DTU Wind and has helped to establish a multidisciplinary section to better equip engineers to understand the complex reality that meets the technologies of the green transition. Photo: Frida Gregersen


  • Associate Professor at DTU Wind with a background in organizational sociology and Science & Technology Studies.
  • Recently published an article in Nature Energy offering a social science perspective on the major challenges within wind power.
  • Has been central to the establishment of a new multidisciplinary section since being appointed at DTU in 2015. In 2020, the Section for Society, Market & Policy (SMP) was established at DTU Wind with researchers from fields such as sociology, anthropology, geography, and economics to improve understanding of the transition to renewable energy.
  • Principal Investigator of the Co-Green project on controversies in the case of wind turbine noise.


Julia Kirch Kirkegaard

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard Associate Professor Department of Wind and Energy Systems Mobile: +45 93511431