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Not Just Energy Futures

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How do low carbon energy futures rework socio-material, economic and political relationships across South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America?

From September 2017 the Not Just Energy Futures Research Group - based in Social Anthropology - will bring together doctoral and postdoctoral scholars who are addressing this question through research projects focused on renewable energy technologies and infrastructures in India, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Mexico.

The group includes scholars with backgrounds in engineering, geography and sociology, public policy, development practice and filmmaking as well as social anthropology.

Together the group shares a commitment to qualitative research methods and ethnographic fieldwork as well as an attentiveness to relationships of history, power and injustice across sites, institutions and global supply chains. 

There is nothing necessarily just about our low carbon futures. The pursuit of energy security, efficiency and sustainability is creating new speculative investments, new pressures on land and natural resources, new forms of business, new pressures on producers, new kinds of consumers and new forms of data.

Over the next year the group will work collectively to establish a set of common theoretical interests and working practices to interogate the continuites amidst the novelty, whilst building networks with scholars in the UK and beyond.

For more information or if you would like to join the group, please contact Jamie Cross

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Doctoral Researchers

  • Declan Murray, Solar Waste: Energy, Recycling and Value in East Africa (Writing Up)
  • Kirsten Campbell, Gender, Social Transformation and Solar Microgrids in India (Fieldwork)
  • Kamya Choudhary, Pumping Politics: Solar Powered Irrigation and Social Transformation in Rural India (Fieldwork)
  • Kristin Fedeler, Hydro-electric Infrastructures and Ethiopia's Grand Renassance Dam (Fieldwork)
  • Silvia Pergetti, The politics of renewable energy futures in West Bengal, India (Year 1)
  • Megan Douglas, Energy, informal economies and forced displacement in East Africa (Year 1)
  • Rishabh Raghuvan, Solar energy, repair and waste in India. (Year 1)
  • Paulina Gonzalez, Energy justice and urban politics in Mexico City (Year 1)
  • Emilio Soberon, The social and material politics of lithium-ion batteries in Latin America (Year 1)

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Charlotte Ray, Research Associate, AHRC/ESRC Energy and Forced Displacement project 
  • Tom Neumark, Postdoctoral Researcher