Dr Britta Turner joined the LCEDN team as a Research Associate for the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) initiative in June 2017. She is based at the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. Britta contributes to the day-to-day operation of the programme of activity under the TEA project. Britta is particularly interested in energy ethnographies and qualitative analysis of energy technologies in their contexts of use.
Britta was awarded her PhD from the Department of Geography at Durham University in 2016 and her research interests have focused around questions of how renewable energy technologies operate in different contexts and how the socio-material power of energy can be investigated and analysed as a contingent achievement of particular assemblages, rather than a neutral resource. Britta’s research is predominantly ethnographic and she has done fieldwork in both Sri Lanka and the UK where she has investigated everyday uses of domestic solar power. She is passionate about the potential of ethnographic research to bring out the complexities and ambiguities of energy access and its impact on everyday life, particularly how different governance arrangements relate to issues of equity and impact in low carbon energy transitions in Global South.
Britta's staff profile at Durham University can be viewed here.
Britta can be contacted at:
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1612