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Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

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Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

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New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

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ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

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Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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Tristan Partridge
Tristan  Partridge

Tristan Partridge is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence at ICTA, focusing on environmental justice. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an MSc in Global Movements, Social Justice and Sustainability from the University of Glasgow (UK). Before moving to ICTA, Tristan worked on the NSF-funded collaborative project “Energy, Risk, and Urgency” based at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA) where he maintains affiliation as a Research Fellow.

Research Interests
My current research studies the justice implications of community engagement with decentralized solar energy initiatives and the recruitment of “power farmers” in India and elsewhere. This builds on previous work (conducted in Ecuador, Scotland, the USA, and India) on issues around the commons, unconventional fossil fuels and energy extraction, water, indigenous rights and community cooperation. My research has addressed inequalities associated with energy systems and climate change and has explored different ways in which marginalized communities organize to address intersecting socioecological inequalities - through protests and indigenous mobilizations for land rights, food initiatives and seed-saving, community-owned irrigation water pipelines, and off-grid energy systems.

Keywords
Energy; Anthropology; Environmental Justice; The Commons; Indigenous Politics; Ecuador; India.

Publications
Journal articles
Partridge, T., M. Thomas, N. Pidgeon, B. Harthorn (2018) “Urgency in energy justice: Contestation and time in prospective shale extraction in the United States and United Kingdom.” Energy Research & Social Science 42: 138-146.

Partridge, T., M. Thomas, N. Pidgeon, B. Harthorn (in press) “Disturbed Earth: Conceptions of the deep underground in shale extraction deliberations in the US and UK.” Environmental Values.

Partridge, T. (2017) "Resisting ruination: resource sovereignties and socioecological struggles in Cotopaxi, Ecuador." Journal of Political Ecology 24: 763-776.

Partridge, T., M. Thomas, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon, A. Hasell, L. Stevenson, C. Enders (2017) “Seeing futures now: Emergent US and UK views on shale development, climate change and energy systems.Global Environmental Change 42: 1-12.

Thomas, M., T. Partridge, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon (2017) "Deliberating the perceived risks, benefits and societal implications of shale gas and oil extraction by hydraulic fracturing in the US and UK." Nature Energy 2: 17054.

Thomas, M., N. Pidgeon, D. Evensen, T. Partridge, A. Hasell, C. Enders, B. Harthorn, M. Bradshaw (2017) “Public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil in the United States and Canada.” WIREs Climate Change, e450. www.dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcc.450

Partridge, T. (2016) “Rural Intersections: Resource Marginalisation and the ‘non-Indian Problem’ in Highland Ecuador.” Special issue, “The Rural as a Dimension of Environmental Injustice.” Journal of Rural Studies 47(A): 337-349. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.001

Partridge, T. (2016) “Water Justice and Food Sovereignty in Cotopaxi, Ecuador.” Environmental Justice 9(2): 49-52.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Inheriting Struggle and Forming the Future: Indigenous Education-Creation Centres in Highland Ecuador.” Themed issue, “Place, Learning, and Resilience.” Journal of Sustainability Education (vol. 11, Feb. 2016).

Partridge, T. (2015) “Recoupling Groups Who Resist: Dimensions of Difference, Opposition and Affirmation.” Journal of Resistance Studies 1(2): 12-50.

Journal commentaries
Partridge, T. (2017) “Baraat Lalten, or, Energy/Excess/Celebration [Our Electric Illuminations]” in “Our Lives With Electric Things: Theorizing the Contemporary.” Cultural Anthropology, December 19. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1273-our-electric-illuminations

Partridge, T. (2016) “Energy is Everywhere: on Imaginaries and ‘Contested Powers.’Anthropology Today 32(4): 26-7.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Engaging Anthropology in Deliberation and Facilitation.” Practicing Anthropology 38(3): 37-8.

Book chapters
Partridge, T. (2017) “Unconventional Action and Community Control: Rerouting Dependencies Despite the Hydrocarbon Economy” in K. Jalbert, A. Willow, D. Casagrande & S. Paladino (eds.) ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements and Alternative Futures. New York: Routledge.

Pidgeon, N., M. Thomas, T. Partridge, D. Evensen, B. Harthorn (2017) “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Risk for Environment, Energy Security and Affordability?” in R. Kasperson (ed.) Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. New York: Routledge, Earthscan Risk in Society.

Tristan Partridge
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