What is the place of energy in human life?

The global consumption of energy is rising at an astonishing rate and to sustain this demand, energy producers are relying on increasingly innovative ways of harvesting energy from hydrocarbons, nuclear and renewable resources. As a necessary but precious component for living, the energy that is produced, distributed and consumed raises fundamental questions about what we consider to be right or good.

Applying insights and methods from anthropology and beyond, this multi-disciplinary project seeks to open up a truly novel line of enquiry that takes seriously the importance of ethical sensibility in our energy relationships. Focusing on the events, processes and materials involved, this project positions people as not only central to, but also responsible for our larger energy predicament as we ask: How would we like to sustain human and other life?

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    The Energy Ethics research group is organising a virtual panel as part of the Association of Social Anthropologists annual conference.

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Energy Ethics 2020 (new date)

Bringing together scholars, artists, industry leaders and others, this event will take place on 11-12 November 2020 in the Byre and College Hall in St Andrews. 

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Latest publication

We are excited to announce the publication of “Energy and Ethics?” – a Special Issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute edited by Mette M. High and Jessica M. Smith.

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We are always looking for new talent to join our ever growing team. PhD students and post-doctoral scholars who are keen to base their research activities here are always welcome to contact us. Any current opportunities will also be announced here.