PhD Candidate, School of Geography and Sustainable Development


Marianne Pascale Bartels is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews and a senior research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Germany. Prior to joining the IASS, she worked in the oil and gas industry for five years on projects including conventional oil and gas, shale gas and coal bed methane exploration as well as geothermal drilling projects worldwide. Her experiences of the human implications of hydrocarbon exploration around the world led her to her research at the IASS and, more recently, to her PhD which she started in October 2019. She joined the ‘Role and Potential of Unconventional Gas’ group at the IASS in 2013 and her work encompassed all aspects of the shale gas debate but specifically stakeholder dialogue and public engagement across Europe as well as greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions associated with a possible shale gas development in Europe. Marianne has been part of the Arctic Governance research team since 2016 and her research focuses largely on oil and gas resources in Arctic regions and questions of resource estimates, scientific knowledge production, use and communication. Marianne lives in Potsdam with her husband and three children and is a keen marathon runner.

Selected publications

Cremonese, L., Weger, L., Van der Gon, H. D., Bartels, M. P., & Butler, T. M. (2019). Emission scenarios of a potential shale gas industry in Germany and the United Kingdom. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 7(1), 18. doi:10.1525/elementa.359.