Mette High is a social anthropologist at the University of St Andrews. Since 2013, her field research has focused on the United States, specifically the state of Colorado, where fieldwork has taken her out on the rigs in Weld County, into the drilling crew’s field offices, and to the executive headquarters in Denver. As part of her broader interest in energy industries, commodity markets and global finance, calculation and risk, she seeks to understand how people in the oil and gas industry make financial and ethical valuations of natural resources.
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.
In addition to her academic publications, she also explores these issues in collaborations with artists and film makers as well as in her work as a committee member of the UK Future Earth.