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Dr Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is an anthropologist who studies the mining, oil and gas industries, with a focus on corporate social responsibility, engineering, labour and gender. For the duration of her Visiting Fellowship she is hosted by the University of St Andrews.

Dr Jessica SmithDr Smith's research while in the UK will advance her current ethnographic monograph, exploring the intersections of engineering and corporate social responsibility in the mining and petroleum industries. It will build on her and Dr Mette High’s joint work setting new directions in the anthropology of energy. Specifically, they will develop an interdisciplinary approach to understanding an under-theorised, yet crucial, dimension of this topic: the ethical imaginations, evaluations and practices of the engineers, executives and other personnel who constitute the backbone of energy industries, yet have remained at the margins of ethnographic attention.

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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


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