Centre Director Dr Mette High has been interviewed for a special edition of Cultural Anthropology. This conversation with SCA Section Editor and Centre Affiliate Adam Fleischmann builds on the research article “Utopias of Oil: Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Ambition in the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry” by Mette M. High, which was published in the November 2022 issue of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cultural Anthropology.

In this conversational interview, Mette and Adam discuss the article and its utopian imaginaries, along with a number of related topics: fieldwork access and the gendered aspects of the field, doing fieldwork with interlocutors with whom you do not share a political project, the presence of settler colonialism in U.S. State bureaucracies, the implication of academics in private equity and fossil fuel development, and more.

If you would like to hear more from Mette, check out the first episode of the All About Energy Podcast, where Mette talks with James Crooks and Anna Seeger about her research and hopes for the then fledgling Centre for Energy Ethics.