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Alien Energy

Marine Renewable Energy as Alien: Social Studies of an Emerging Industry is a research project at the IT University of Copenhagen. We are interested in the role of local people and places in the marine energy industry in Denmark and in Orkney, Scotland, as the industry moves towards commercialization. How might we understand these places …

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Relocating Innovation

Completed 2009. Relocating Innovation: Places and material practices of future-making ran for 3 years at Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University. What counts as ‘innovation’ and how does the ‘new’ come to be, in an era when ‘innovation’ is assumed to be an unquestioned good? This research project with Lucy Suchman and Endre Dányi reconceptualised innovation …

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Data Stories

‘Big Data’ rises and accumulates today from so much of our activity, off and online, that our lives seem almost suffused by ‘The Cloud’. But perhaps data might be otherwise? In this collection, Laura Watts and Dawn Nafus, two ethnographers, bring together stories from different data sites: from the marine energy industry, and from the …

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Fieldwork Orkney 2013

See the latest photos from my ongoing fieldwork on marine energy in Orkney, and its places and people. This slideshow will be regularly updated during my fieldwork August-September 2013.

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International Network for Social Studies of Marine Energy

International network for Social Studies of Marine Energy (ISSMER) has been established to bring together interdisciplinary researchers interested in the socio-cultural, economic, geographic, philosophical, organisational, and political aspects of marine renewable energy. We welcome new members from academia, industry, and policy. Please get in touch via the website if you would like more information. ISSMER …

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Writing Imaginaries, Making Futures @ Malmö

‘Writing Imaginaries, Making Futures’ is a 3 day PhD workshop @ Malmö University, on November 7-9 2012. This is a practice-based writing workshop to explore diverse methods for writing material-semiotic ‘fictions’ – fictions that are both grounded in empirical evidence from fieldwork as well as generative and creative. This will be a supportive place for …

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PhD Thesis

My PhD thesis (completed 2007) is now available to read online. ‘A Future Archaeology of the Mobile Telecoms Industry’ weaves together two ethnographic stories, one in London and the other in the Orkney Islands. It considers how futures are made in the made in the mobile telecoms industry, and how they might be made otherwise. …

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