David Bidwell


Public Acceptance of Renewable Energy Technologies
Public Participation
Environmental Attitudes and Decision Making
Climate Adaptation


PhD, Sociology, Michigan State University
MS, Natural Resources Policy, University of Michigan
BPhil, Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University

Selected Publications

Bidwell, D. and P-J. Schweizer. 2020. Public values and goals for public participation. Environmental Policy and Governance. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1913

Smythe, T., Bidwell, D., Moore, A., Smith, H., and McCann, J. 2020. Beyond the beach: Tradeoffs in tourism and recreation at the first offshore wind farm in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101726.

Russell, A., Firestone, J., Bidwell, D., and Gardner, M. 2020. Place meaning and consistency with offshore wind: An island and coastal tale. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 132, 110044.

Firestone, J., C. Hirt, D. Bidwell, M. Gardner, and J. Dwyer. 2020. Faring well in offshore wind power siting? Trust, engagement and process fairness in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 62:101393.

Gilbert, C., H. Smith, D. Bidwell, S. Smythe, A. Moore, J. McCann, and E. Miller. 2019. Gatekeeping and communities in energy system transition: A study of the Block Island Wind Farm. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2018.1561484

Dwyer, J. and D. Bidwell. 2019. Chains of trust: Lessons on public engagement from the United States’ first offshore wind farm. Energy Research & Social Science, 47:166-176.

Lyons, S., D. Bidwell, and R. Pollnac. 2018. Factors influencing environmentally responsible behavior among coastal recreationists. Coastal Management, 46:488-509.

Smith, H., T. Smythe, A. Moore, D. Bidwell, and J. McCann. 2018. The social dynamics of turbine tourism and recreation: Introducing a mixed-methods approach to the study of the first U.S. offshore wind farm. Energy Research & Social Science, 45:307-317.

Firestone, J., D. Bidwell, M. Gardner, and L. Knapp. 2018. Wind in the sails or choppy seas?: People-place relations, aesthetics and public support for the United States’ first offshore wind power project.  Energy Research & Social Science, 40:232-243.

Sokoloski, R., E. Markowitz, and D. Bidwell. 2018. Public estimates of support for offshore wind energy: False consensus, pluralistic ignorance, and partisan effects. Energy Policy, 112:45-55.

Bidwell, D. 2017. Ocean beliefs and support for an offshore wind energy project. Ocean and Coastal Management, 146:99-108.

Bidwell, D. 2016. Effects of information on public attitudes towards renewable energy. Environment and Behavior, 48:743-768.

Bidwell, D. 2016. Thinking through participation in renewable energy decisions. Nature Energy, 1. Article number 16051. doi:10.1038/nenergy.2016.51

Research Abstracts