PhD Candidate, International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Anna-Sophie is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) since September 2020. Her research focuses on the emerging lithium-ion battery industry and its role in creating futures in Norway. Ethnographic fieldwork in places where battery Gigafactories are going to be constructed focuses on ‘green industrialisation’ and the hopes, values, and relations tied to a new industry.

Previously, Anna-Sophie worked on transparency and responsibility in the commodity sector as Mercator Fellow on International Affairs. Before that, she studied Social Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Basel and Linnaeus University. During her MA, she participated in the research project “Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain”, and conducted 5-month fieldwork in a copper mining town in Zambia.

Selected publications

Hobi, A.-S. (2020). (Extr)Activism, Governance and Power: A Short Account of Advocacy. In R. Kesselring (Ed.), Ethnographic Vignettes: Social Change and Social Encounters in Solwezi, Northwestern Zambia (Vol. 20/21, pp. 31–33). Institute of Social Anthropology.


Other Media

Live-Podcast: Energi og Klima 05.03.2023

Blog: Norway and the Geopolitics of Battery Minerals.

Blog: Land and Mining in the Green Energy Transition.