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Dr. Kari Dahlgren is a Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab. Kari is a social anthropologist and ethnographer interested in the social and ethical aspects of energy production and consumption in Australia.

Her work is situated at the intersection of economic and environmental anthropology, with a particular interest in the anthropology of energy, climate change, and transition. 

In the context of increasing questions about the future of energy, Kari’s research speaks to the possibilities and limitations of imagining and crafting futures, as well as the ethical implications of change.

She also makes theoretical contributions to the Anthropocene as a lived condition of precarity through ethnography of the social complexities and political concerns underlying the energy transition. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Digging Deeper: Precarious Futures in Two Australian Coal Mining Towns, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 31 Aug 2019

Anthropology, BA Honors, Materializing Identities Through History: Representations of Slavery and the Construction of Identities in the Museums of Zanzibar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Award Date: 1 May 2012

African Studies, MSc, (Re)Imagining Ujamaa: Perceptions of Development in Chamwino, Tanzania, University of Oxford

Research area keywords

  • Energy Futures
  • Digital Technologies
  • Mining
  • Ethnography

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