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Not Just Energy Futures

Dark Green: Energy Dystopias After Oil – Call for Artists

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 CALL FOR ARTISTS to participate in our 2-day micro-residency on June 8-9, 2018

We invite artists working across a variety of media to join a collaborative attempt to explore the
unintended and uneven consequences of renewable energy infrastructures, technologies and devices in the present. Participating artists are invited to produce an artwork/exhibition piece in response to research questions, data fragments, textual and visual materials developed by the Not Just Energy Futures Research Group.
Join us in Edinburgh on June 8-9! All costs of participation and materials are covered.

You can download the call here.
To submit your application please complete the application form and send it together with your CV to by 12 noon on Friday April 27, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by May 18 at the latest.

About the Not Just Energy Futures Research Group

Not Just Energy Futures is a group of social science researchers and faculty members at the University of Edinburgh who are united by a common interest in the lived experiences of low-carbon energy futures in the Global South. Together, we pay close attention to improvised practices and life projects that are spurred by, and intertwine with, the deployment of renewable energy infrastructures, technologies and devices.

Our research spans locations across South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Our concerns include the environmental consequences of increased demand for plastics and metals, chemicals and microelectronics in renewable energy systems, new forms of labour in global supply chains; the eco-logics of land acquisition for energy projects; the politics of big data from renewable energy systems.

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.

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, Charged: Imagined Futures and Distributed Generation in the Sundarbans, India (Year 1)
  • Megan Douglas, Energy, informal economies and forced displacement in East Africa (Year 1)
  • Rishabh Raghavan, Energy Theives: Police and Policing of Electricity in Tamil Nadu, 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