Hot Topic 2: How do we find out what people think about Geothermal?

As a part of the research being done by the team here at the Sustainable Earth Institute about the Deep Geothermal project at United Downs, we think it is really important to share as much as we can what we are doing with anyone who is interested. With this in mind we are planning a series of short summaries that look at different aspects of our research, which we are calling ‘Hot Topics’!

The second of these Hot Topics draws together some information about how we are trying to answer the question: ‘how do you find out what people think about geothermal?’ Because our team here at the SEI is made up of lots of people from different backgrounds (Nicola, Francesca, Hazel, Iain) we use a combination of different methods to help us find out what people in Cornwall and beyond think about geothermal. We have also provided some recommendations at the end of this Hot Topic, for if you want to try and find out what your community thinks about a topic you are communicating about.

Read and download the full Hot Topic in PDF format

Keep an eye out for more Hot Topics that will be released over the next few months about other aspects of our work, and if you have a question you would like us to answer in a Hot Topic, please get in touch and let us know either by emailing or on Twitter @PlymHotRocks.


The United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project is a partnership of organisations exploring if geothermal power is a viable energy resource for the UK. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council.

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