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Dr Rebecca Windemer

Last modified: April 17, 2024
ACCESS Leadership College Fellows

Planning and communities lead
Pronouns: She/her/hers


The sector(s) I work in: Not for Profit

Professional qualifications:

PhD Environmental Planning

Chartered town planner



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About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I lead work on planning and communities at Regen, a not for profit centre of renewable energy expertise.

I am a chartered town planner with expertise in the planning system and community engagement for renewable energy projects. I hold a PhD in environmental planning and my previous research has focused on planning for the future of onshore renewable energy. I have also spoken in the media on the topics of renewable energy planning and community benefits.

My current work involves projects exploring planning reform for renewable energy and work supporting the community energy sector.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

  • The planning system for renewable energy
  • Community engagement and acceptance of renewable energy
  • Community benefits
  • Onshore wind: repowering, life-extension, decommissioning and planning
  • Community energy

Collaboration opportunities:

I am open to any media opportunities related to community benefits and public engagement in the renewable energy system or planning for renewable infrastructure.

I am open to discussing collaborations or consultancy on projects exploring community energy, community acceptance or the planning system for renewable energy.


Windemer, R., 2023. Acceptance should not be assumed. How the dynamics of social acceptance changes over time, impacting onshore wind repowering. Energy Policy, 173, p.113363.

Philpott, A. and Windemer, R., 2022. Repower to the people: The scope for repowering to increase the scale of community shareholding in commercial onshore wind assets in Great Britain. Energy Research & Social Science, 92, p.102763.

Windemer, R. and Cowell, R., 2021. Are the impacts of wind energy reversible? Critically reviewing the research literature, the governance challenges and presenting an agenda for social science. Energy Research & Social Science, 79, p.102162.

Windemer, R., 2019. Considering time in land use planning: An assessment of end-of-life decision making for commercially managed onshore wind schemes. Land Use Policy, 87, p.104024.

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