Month: October 2020

The Work of Activism

by Sarah O’Brien

Supporters and opponents of fossil fuel infrastructures offer different visions of an energy transition – and different insights into what they consider meaningful and desirable work. In this post, I reflect on such concerns around work and employment in the context of resistance to the shale gas industry in the north of England.

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow opportunity: Gender equity and energy access in the Global South

The post-holder will take a leading role in the qualitative thematic analysis of the 80 interview transcripts generated through the energy access and gender interviews in this Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded project, in collaboration with partners involved. As such, they will become a key member of the authorship team for a journal article that will come from this analysis. Their insights will also be feeding into policy briefs, led on by local partners. Depending on timings and covid-19, there is also budget for them to attend one of the regional workshops in Nigeria or India. Applications close 30th November.

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Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is looking for an individual to fill a teaching position in the Spring Term (January through April 2021). While this is general position, they would value having instructors who can bring environmental perspectives to their curriculum. Please note that interested candidates should complete an application as soon as possible. Please also note that is present policies continue into the Spring, which appears likely, there should be an option to teach remotely from within the United States.

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The Comeback of the Plastic Straw: Are we sacrificing sustainability in the face of COVID-19 safety?

by Anna Rauter

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic initially led to a drop in global CO2 emissions, post-lockdown emissions are reported to be back in line with their previous trajectories. Along with this resurgence of carbon emissions, I am observing an increasing use of single-use plastics and other environmentally unsustainable practises. How do coronavirus measures, whether we agree with them or not, affect our sustainability efforts?

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