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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Cymene Howe

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Rice University

 Dr. Howe's research is concerned with how forms of subjectivity, knowledge and advocacy become produced within distinct social and political contexts. Howe's research project (currently in its initial phase) is a collaborative investigation, with Dominic Boyer, to better understand the political cultures and implementation practices of renewable energy projects. While there has been substantial global attention to the politics of climate change at the level of international conferences, protocols and agreements, there is little anthropological research that has addressed how these global, moral and ecological imperatives can be implemented at the local level. Working in the Isthmus of Tehauntapec (Oaxaca, Mexico) which is corridor to some of the world’s richest wind resources and where many large wind parks are in place (or in development), our project will involve the key stakeholders and “brokers” of wind development projects in the region, including government officials, local residents and activists, transnational wind power corporations and journalists. Ultimately, we are interested in exploring what we term “energopolitics” as an alternative to the biopolitical genealogy of modern state formation.

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