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Governing the Uncertain: Knowledge Production on Shale Gas at Various Political Levels

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  • Wed 29 Nov 2017 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-11-29 17:00 2017-11-29 19:00 Europe/Paris Governing the Uncertain: Knowledge Production on Shale Gas at Various Political Levels

This lecture presents findings from three different research projects carried out over the last three years on shale gas development in Poland and in the EU. The year 2011 marks the date when shale gas entered Polish and European politics with a promise of huge shale gas reserves in Poland and in several other EU Member States. While the Polish government set out firmly on the plan to develop shale gas and intensified the process of licensing for exploration activities, at the EU level various efforts were initiated to identify potential risks and areas for new regulation. In the meantime, as companies started their operations on the ground, various communities organized themselves to learn more about the implications of shale gas development locally. In this presentation, Alexandra Lis examines processes of knowledge production on shale gas at three different levels: local, national (in Poland) and the European (within Brussels institutions). She examines networks of relations within which knowledge was produced on the risks and benefits of shale gas, various epistemic assumptions made about the how to determine environmental risks and the politics of producing knowledge locally, at the national and EU levels which shows that knowledge production is a social and political practice. Furthermore, she shows various meeting points for actors coming from various levels and the potential for knowledge exchange.

Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

This lecture presents findings from three different research projects carried out over the last three years on shale gas development in Poland and in the EU. The year 2011 marks the date when shale gas entered Polish and European politics with a promise of huge shale gas reserves in Poland and in several other EU Member States. While the Polish government set out firmly on the plan to develop shale gas and intensified the process of licensing for exploration activities, at the EU level various efforts were initiated to identify potential risks and areas for new regulation. In the meantime, as companies started their operations on the ground, various communities organized themselves to learn more about the implications of shale gas development locally. In this presentation, Alexandra Lis examines processes of knowledge production on shale gas at three different levels: local, national (in Poland) and the European (within Brussels institutions). She examines networks of relations within which knowledge was produced on the risks and benefits of shale gas, various epistemic assumptions made about the how to determine environmental risks and the politics of producing knowledge locally, at the national and EU levels which shows that knowledge production is a social and political practice. Furthermore, she shows various meeting points for actors coming from various levels and the potential for knowledge exchange.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Discussant:
Giuliano Garavini (NYU Abu Dhabi/European University Institute)

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Aleksandra Lis (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan)
 
 

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