Update: eThesis available now – Securing Natural Gas

Exciting times. My thesis, entitled ‘Securing Natural Gas: Entity-Attentive Security Research’ is now available via the Durham eTheses service! Thanks again go to my supervisors, Louise Amoore and Ben Anderson for their help in getting this out, and also to the insightful comments from my examiners, Jason Dittmer (UCL) and Gavin Bridge (Durham). It canContinue reading “Update: eThesis available now – Securing Natural Gas”

Abstract: Governing Gas: Energy, Security, Circulation

Thesis submitted December 2016. Abstract below. Natural gas is a troublesome and ‘wayward’ material (Bridge, 2004; 396). Amongst other qualities, it is invisible, intangible, naturally odorless, highly inflammable, and constantly resistant to the forces that contain it. This thesis provides an account of how these qualities both introduce a series of insecurities to everyday socialContinue reading “Abstract: Governing Gas: Energy, Security, Circulation”

Video: Timothy Mitchell ‘Carbon Democracy and the Corporate Future’

A recording of Timothy Mitchell’s Durham public lecture from last year – organised by the Durham Energy Institute. Tim provides a fascinating discussion of the political entanglements surrounding energy circulations, drawing upon (and going beyond) arguments made within his excellent book ‘Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil’ (Available from Verso: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1020-carbon-democracy). Well worth a watch ifContinue reading “Video: Timothy Mitchell ‘Carbon Democracy and the Corporate Future’”

Longform: A History of Gas Governance (I)

The Mine as Laboratory “And oft a chilling damp or unctuous mist, Loosed from the crumbling caverns, issues forth, Stopping the springs of life ….To cure this ill A philosophic art is used to drain The foul imprison’d air, and in its place Purer convey.” Jago (Cited in Galloway 1882)   The earliest European accountsContinue reading “Longform: A History of Gas Governance (I)”

Short: The Frost on the Pipe

There are no fish in Chile’s Quintero Bay. According to local fishermen, the water in this part of the Pacific Ocean is extremely toxic, polluted with high concentrations of mercury and copper tailings. It also exhibits a dramatic and life-extinguishing thermocline, caused by industrial processes that deposit both heated and chilled seawater back into theContinue reading “Short: The Frost on the Pipe”