Low-Carbon Research: Building a Greener and More Inclusive Academy

  • Anne Pasek University of Alberta
Keywords: knowledge production, energy transition, air travel, research methods, equity


This essay examines how the fossil fuel energy regimes that support contemporary academic norms in turn shape and constrain knowledge production. High-carbon research methods and exchanges, particularly those that depend on aviation, produce distinct exclusions and incentives that could be reformed in the transition to a low-carbon academy. Drawing on feminist STS, alternative modes of collective research creation and collaboration are outlined, along with an assessment of their potential challenges and gains. This commentary concludes with several recommendations for incremental and institutional changes, along with a call for scholars of social and technical systems to uniquely contribute to this transition.

Author Biography

Anne Pasek, University of Alberta

Anne Pasek is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Transitions in Energy, Culture and Society at the University of Alberta.  Her research focuses on diverse and fraught attempts to account for carbon in science and culture.

08 Jan 2020
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