Lecturer in Energy Ethics, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies


Emilka is a social researcher, anthropologist, and lecturer. She holds an MA (Hons) in Sustainable Development, as well as an MRes and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews.

She has over a decade of experience in conducting social science research in extractive contexts and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland.

Focused on the challenge of reconciling our demand for natural resources and energy with our concerns for sustainability and climate change, her research work to date has looked at extractive industries, with a regional focus on Oceania. Her research explores the nexus of interdependencies that form around resource extraction, and the interplay between global economic and political forces, and local processes, ontologies and realities – particularly in the context of a ‘just transition’ to low carbon energy systems.

Her current research is focused on issues associated with supplying so-called energy transition metals from the Pacific for the global energy transition, and the expansion of the extractive industries in the Pacific under conditions of climate change.

Selected publications

Skrzypek, E., Bainton, N., Burton, J. and Lebre, E. 2022. The Justice Dimensions of Extracting Energy Transition Metals from the Pacific. The British Academy, London. doi.org/10.5871/just-transitions-s-i/E-S

Bainton, N.A. and Skrzypek, E.E., 2021. The Absent Presence of the State in Large-Scale Resource Extraction Projects (p. 380). ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/AP.2021

Skrzypek, E. 2020. Revealing the Invisible Mine: Social Complexities at an Undeveloped Mining Project. London: Berghahn.

Skrzypek, E. 2020. Extractive entanglements and regimes of accountability at an undeveloped mining project. Resources Policy Vol. 69, p.101815.