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Laura Watts

Interdisciplinary Senior Lecturer in Energy & Social Science

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Laura Watts is an ethnographer of futures whose research explores the effect of 'edge' landscapes on how the future is imagined and made. As an Science & Technology Studies (STS) and interdisciplinary scholar, she has collaborated for the past decade in the Orkney islands, Scotland, on how energy futures can be made otherwise. Her latest book "Energy at the End of the World: an Orkney Islands Saga" is being published by MIT Press. She is co-author of "Ebban an' Flowan", a poetic primer to marine renewable energy, and in 2017 she won the International Cultural Innovation Prize with the Reconstrained Design Group for a community-built energy storage device designed from scrap.

Research Interests

Science & Technology Studies (STS); Anthropology of Energy; Ethnography of Futures; Marine Renewable Energy; Writing Methods; Speculative Fabulation; Island Studies; Infrastructure Studies; Energy Futures; Energy & Data Convergence.

Research outputs

  1. Nemesis

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Research activities & awards

  1. Invited public talk 'Orkney Islands Saga: Tales from the Marine Energy Edge'

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Orkney: A Sea of Living Labs

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Book Launch 'Energy at the End of the World' (Edinburgh)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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Research projects

  1. Orkney Cloud (Mozilla Research Grant)

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

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