The Fixity of Flexibility

There is widespread agreement about the importance of flexibility in the energy sector. But what does flexibility mean? In our recent blog post for the CREDS website (https://www.creds.ac.uk/the-fixity-of-flexibility/), Elizabeth Shove and I identify three common interpretations. These include definitions of flexibility as a feature of whole energy systems; as a commodity that figures in energyContinue reading “The Fixity of Flexibility”

New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities

Our paper on experiencing the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi Bay (Chile) is now out. It is a collaboration between fellow materialist scholars, Manual Tironi, Myra Hird, Christian Simonetti, and Nate Freiburger. You can access the full article by following the link below. https://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article/10/1/187/134706/Inorganic-BecomingsSituating-the-Anthropocene-in Abstract In this choral essay we, an assorted group of academics interested inContinue reading “New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities”

New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities

I’m pleased to announce that my first single-authored paper has been published. It forms part of a special issue edited by Matthias Leese and Stef Wittendorp, entitled ‘Old Securities, New Mobilities’. In it, I draw attention to the opportunities that mobilities approaches can offer for studying security beyond the circulatory ‘nodes’ in which its’ analysisContinue reading “New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities”

Guest Blog: Hard to Follow Things – Natural Gas

@Followthethings has just published my post on the methodological challenges of following natural gas. You can check it out here:  https://followtheblog.org/2017/08/21/guest-post-hard-to-follow-things-natural-gas-by-peter-forman/ While you are at it, why not also check out Ian and his students’ work on their other website, http://www.followthethings.com?

Review: Dobraszczyk et al. (2016) ‘Global Undergrounds: Exploring cities within’

This book review was written on behalf of the RGS-IBG Urban Geographies Research Group, and is reproduced here with their permission. For more book reviews, and for an overview of their current work, please go to: http://urban-geography.org.uk/ Dobraszczyk, P., López Galviz, C., & Garrett, L. (2016) “Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within.” London: Reaktion Books ISBN: 978-1-78023-576-9 ReviewedContinue reading “Review: Dobraszczyk et al. (2016) ‘Global Undergrounds: Exploring cities within’”

New Paper: “A Material Politics of Citizenship” – Citizenship Studies

Our article for Citizenship Studies is now out in early access! Entitled ‘A Material Politics of Citizenship: The potential of circulating materials in UK immigration removal centres’, this paper forms part of a special issue edited by Gaja Maestri & Sarah Hughes on contested spaces of citizenship. In this article, Sarah Hughes and I exploreContinue reading “New Paper: “A Material Politics of Citizenship” – Citizenship Studies”

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”

Undergraduate Guide: Reflections from the Other Side

Please click on the link below to download the short guide that I recently put together for first year human geography undergraduates. It provides a series of reflections upon things I wish I had known or done differently when I was doing my undergraduate degree. It covers topics such as how to find literature and read efficiently, howContinue reading “Undergraduate Guide: Reflections from the Other Side”

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”