Funded by the European Research Council, this 5-year project is led by Dr Mette M. High and involves a team of researchers. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with oil companies in the US and Norway, renewable energy industries in Ghana and Norway, oil and gas financiers in the US, and environmental protesters in the UK, ENERGY ETHICS is developing a new framework for understanding the relationship between energy, money and climate change. Taking its starting point in people’s own perceptions of and direct involvement in energy economies, this project offers a major step forward in understanding how people in positions of influence within energy economies make financial and ethical valuations of energy resources. This will contribute to public stakeholder dialogue and wider transdisciplinary engagements. Focusing on oil and its financialization, ENERGY ETHICS has three main research objectives: 1) to examine how people positioned strategically in relation to the global energy production conceptualise and influence the oil and other energy markets; 2) to understand the linkages and frictions between these different valuations of energy; and 3) to investigate how energy valuations relate to political reforms and new climate economic initiatives.

The project ENERGY ETHICS has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 715146)