Energy Ethics

Mette High (University of St Andrews) and I propose the term energy ethics to capture the ways in which people understand and ethically evaluate energy. Whereas dominant anthropological research on energy can fall into trite binaries of "good" and "bad" energy sources, our approach opens up energy dilemmas to ethnographic inquiry, showing how energy dilemmas constitute important sites for the generation of knowledge and can encourage more insightful and inclusive discussions of the place of energy in our lives. We have co-edited two special journal issues, convened an international workshop, and hosted an interdisciplinary roundtable. High continues this work at the Center for Energy Ethics at the University of St. Andrews.

Funding: British Academy, National Science Foundation grant 1540298, University of St. Andrews