Great Expectations? A Study among People involved in the Oil Economy in Norway
Duration: September 2017 – September 2021
Status: Ethnographic fieldwork in Oslo commenced in September 2018
Anna’s four-year doctoral research project aims to study how people involved in the Norwegian oil economy conceptualise current and future ethical, economic, and environmental implications of the production and consumption of fossil fuels.
The Ethics of Oil: Finance Moralities and Environmental Politics in the Global Oil Economy
Dr High is currently directing a European Research Council funded project: The Ethics of Oil: Finance Moralities and Environmental Politics in the Global Oil Economy (ENERGY ETHICS). Based on multiple ethnographic studies in Europe and the US, this 5-year research project brings an anthropological sensitivity to issues of money, energy and climate change. Its ambition is to provide a novel framework for investigating how oil valuations relate to political reforms and new climate economic initiatives.
Energy Prosperity in Ghana: oil extraction and energy futures in an emerging African petrostate
Duration: April 2019-March 2022
Status: Pauline will join the project in April 2019, and will be conducting 12-14 months of fieldwork in Takoradi, Ghana from April 2019 to June 2020.
Pauline’s three-year postdoctoral research project looks at the value of oil and alternative renewable energy sources in Ghana, a country that positions itself as an energy frontier for rethinking the relationship between hydrocarbon dependency and more sustainable energy futures in a context of environmental crisis.
Exploring visions of energy transitions in the City and among environmental activists in the UK
Duration: November 2018 – January 2020
Status: Sarah is due to begin fieldwork within the next month (November 2018).
Sarah’s four-year doctoral research focuses on conceptualisations of climate change and energy infrastructures in the UK. More particularly, she is interested in the knowledge put forward by climate finance initiatives in the City, and environmental activist groups in the context of an energy transition.
Liquid Futures – financial perspectives on oil from Houston Texas
Duration: September 2018 – September 2021
Status: Sean is in the process of conducting 12-13 months of fieldwork in Houston Texas
Sean’s three-year post-doctoral research project aims to study how energy analysts, financial specialists, traders, portfolio managers and investment professionals conceptualize and value oil.