Lorenzo is a PhD student at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for Energy Ethics. He holds a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from La Sapienza University of Rome, and has previously conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Sierra Norte de...
Lydia is a Conservation Ecologist with a keen interest in how tropical ecosystems can be managed sustainably in the face of agricultural expansion and the other pervasive impacts of population growth and globalisation. She is particularly interested in peat-scapes, and how they can be responsibly managed through an understanding of their unique hydrological requirements. Her past projects include, spanning time in both academia and industry: creating a mapping and monitoring system for peatlands in the UK, Malaysia and Indonesia; reconstructing past vegetation change and assessing future prospects for the coastal peatlands of Malaysian Borneo; exploring the dynamics of human-wildlife interaction in northeast India; and training Government, research and NGO partners in Ghana, Indonesia and Malaysia on the use of a decision support tool for restoring connectivity in landscapes for biodiversity under climate change. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecology on a two year Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled: Valuing intact tropical peatlands – an interdisciplinary challenge. She is also the Chair of the Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group of the British Ecological Society and coordinates the Expert Group on Peatlands and Biodiversity on the International Peatland Society’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Russell Fielding is an Assistant Professor in the HTC Honors College at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, USA. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University with a cognate focus in oceanography. Fielding’s scholarship investigates how...
Sarah’s four-year doctoral research focuses on the local realities of an energy transition in the UK in the context of climate change. More particularly, she is interested in the knowledge put forward by grassroots activists campaigning against unconventional gas extraction.
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.
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.
Anna’s PhD thesis examines how energy industry leaders and experts in Norway envision and shape energy trajectories. In an exploration of power structures (both in terms of energy and also in relation to control and authority), she aims to provide a better understanding of the complex web of interdependencies, responsibilities, and expectations that surround contemporary energy and climate concerns.