I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology with interest in sustainability, energy transitions, and the anthropology of natural resources.
I currently hold an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘Worlds of Lithium: A multi-sited and transnational study of transitions towards post-fossil fuel societies’. The project is an anthropological study of the replacement of fossil fuel transport, with a new fleet of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries.
A lot of public attention goes to the promise of electric vehicles, meaning less oil will be needed for road transport. What remains hidden, however, are the disruptive transformations of the landscapes and societies through which lithium travels. It is these transformations that the project brings into public view. For I am convinced that through empirical assessment of the side effects of this planetary strategy to respond to global warming, we can avoid implementing climate solutions that end up worsening our current social and environmental problems.
Before starting with my ERC project, I was a Marie Curie Global Fellow at the Water Governance group at IHE Delft, where I studied interactions between people and groundwater in one of the driest places on earth: the Atacama desert of Northern Chile.
I hold a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and I have been trained at the intersections of science and technology studies, social anthropology and clinical psychology.
The Politics of Sustainability: Environments, Cultures, Materials
Ethnographies and academic writing