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”