From Abbotsford to Aberdeen: Scotland’s Energyscape in Transition, Edinburgh, Scotland

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From Abbotsford to Aberdeen: Scotland’s Energyscape in Transition, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Research Question

By modeling the fundamental transformations of the Scottish energyscape since the 18th century, we will connect the geographic, resource, and technology transformations that have taken place with cultural narratives and visual representations demonstrating the importance of interactions between aesthetics, environment, and economy.

Significance

The global energy transitions taking place today around the world have a direct impact on Wyoming, and to map our way forward, we must better understand our own “energyscape”—including energy resources and technologies, cultural meanings and values—both now and in the past.

Methods Used

Observation, interviews, and archives.

Conclusions/Outcomes

Our pilot project will explore Scotland’s rich energy history and future to produce a journal article on the coupled social-environmental systems governing energy and energy transitions over the past two hundred years. We will also develop a collaborative, interdisciplinary study abroad course using Sir Walter Scott’s Abbottsford estate as a launching point, and work with the University of Aberdeen to create broader institutional agreements for research and teaching opportunities.

Publication Date

2017

Disciplines

Anthropology | English Language and Literature | Geochemistry | Geology | History | Social and Cultural Anthropology

From Abbotsford to Aberdeen: Scotland’s Energyscape in Transition, Edinburgh, Scotland

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