The global consumption of energy is rising at an astonishing rate and to sustain this demand, energy producers are relying on increasingly innovative ways of harvesting energy from fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable resources. As a necessary but precious component for living, the energy that is produced, distributed and consumed raises fundamental questions about what we consider to be right or good. Applying insights and methods from anthropology and beyond, this multi-year transdisciplinary project seeks to open up a truly novel line of enquiry that focuses on the people, not just the resource. Ethical sensibility is a capacity that is rooted in people; not a static property inherent in certain kinds of energy sources. By returning attention to human actors, this project positions people as not only central to, but also responsible for our larger energy predicament as we ask: How would we like to sustain human and other life?
What is the place of energy in human life?
How do we make sense of the ways in which we produce, distribute and use it?
How do such actions relate to what we consider to be right or good?
A 3-year postdoc position will be available on the Energy Ethics research project. It will be in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, starting in September 2018 and under the supervision of Dr Mette M High. Further details will follow.
Applications for 2 PhD Scholarships at University of St Andrews close 16 Jan 2017
We are advertising 2 PhD scholarships to participate in an ERC-funded research project on the ethics of oil. The start date is September 2017. Deadline for application: 16 Jan 2017
Exploring the Anthropology of Energy: Ethnography, Energy and Ethics
By Mette M. High and Jessica M. Smith