Anna Rauter

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.

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: November 2018 – January 2020

Status: Ethnographic fieldwork with grassroots environmental groups commenced in December 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.

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.