Anna Rauter

The Powerlessness of the Powerful: Can Energy Elites Construct Energy Futures?

Duration: September 2017 – September 2021

Status: After successful completion of 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork focused on Oslo, Norway (from September 2018 – February 2020), Anna is now in the process of writing-up her doctoral thesis.

Anna’s PhD thesis examines how energy industry leaders and experts in Norway envision and shape energy trajectories. In an exploration of power structures (both in terms of energy and also in relation to control and authority), she aims to provide a better understanding of the complex web of interdependencies, responsibilities, and expectations that surround contemporary energy and climate concerns.

Mette High

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.

Pauline Destrée

Energy Prosperity in Ghana: oil extraction and energy futures in an emerging African petrostate

Duration: April 2019-March 2022

Status: Pauline is currently conducting fieldwork in Takoradi, Ghana.

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.

Sarah O’Brien

Exploring visions of energy transitions in the City and among environmental activists in the UK

Duration: January 2018 – January 2022

Status: Sarah has completed her year of fieldwork in Lancashire, UK.

Sarah’s four-year doctoral research focuses on the local realities of an energy transition in the UK in the context of climate change. More particularly, she is interested in the knowledge put forward by grassroots activists campaigning against unconventional gas extraction.

Sean Field

Liquid Futures – financial perspectives on oil from Houston Texas

Duration: September 2018 – September 2021

Status: Sean has completed a year of field work in his ethnographic project on energy finance based 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.