PhD Researcher in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology (ESRC +3)
College of Social Sciences, University of Exeter
Start date: October 2017
Research topic: Uranium Mining in Greenland
The proposed Kvanefjeld mine in Greenland is estimated to be one of the largest Rare Earth Elements and uranium deposits in the world. Protests led by environmental NGOs emerged due to its potential impacts on the environment.
I will address the reasons why this mine gathered attention whereas similar projects have not: the role played by the uranium in the emergence of the conflict will be investigated.
Although contributing to the green economy, potential environmental impacts suggest that this green economy would be developed through ‘not so green practices’. I will question how the green economy is defined and address this paradox.
Research supervisors: Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Professor Frances Wall