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Professor Gavin Bridge

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43502
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 231

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Current PhD Supervisions

  • Pietra Cepero Rua Perez, The politics of nature and mining the Amazon: territory, materiality and extraction in Pará, Brazil
  • Eric Boyd (co-supervised with Anthropology), Shifting ontologies of iron ore: enframing extractive resources during the relocation and redevelopment of Kiruna, Sweden
  • Carlos Tornel, A just energy transition in Mexico? Assessing the socio-spatial, and socio-technical implications of incorporating renewable energy projects into the energy system
  • Burag Gurden, Governing the energy-water nexus: sustainable resource governance for development in Turkey
  • Costanza Concetti, Scaling Down Power: a geography of electricity prosumption
  • Miklos Durr, Digitising Mobility: an urban political ecology of climate-smart transport networks
  • Yu-Kai Liao, Crustacean Capitalism in The Amphibious Mekong Delta: Dynamic Relations of Land-water and Agro-aquaculture
  • Ryan Wyeth, Knowing water-as-resource: the political ecology of 'green-power' hydro-development in Georgia
  • Diego Astorga de Ita, "Through the old forest of / mahogany and cedar": environmental change and the landscapes of music in the Sotavento region of eastern Mexico
  • Graham Clark, Understanding hazard correlation: the impacts to the insurance industry

Completed PhD Supervisions

  • Dr Hung-Ying Chen, Air Rights as Market Devices: Exploring Financialization in Taipei Metropolitan Area
  • Dr Julie de los Reyes, Mining Shareholder Value: Financialisation, Extraction, and the Geography of Gold Mining
  • Dr Diego Andreucci, The Political Ecology of Resource Dependence: Extractivism, Conflict and Development in Latin America
  • Dr Chun-Kai Leung, Fuelling the Dragon: a Geographical Political Economy of the Natural Gas Industry in China
  • Dr Philip Robinson, A Political Ecology of Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication in Northern Ireland
  • Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Geographies of Energy Governance: Negotiating Low Carbon and Energy Secure Futures in the European Union
  • Dr Hugo Romero, Disturbance and Disruption in Chilean Patagonia: a Political Economy of the HidroAysen Hydro-Power Project
  • Dr Tomas Frederiksen, Unearthing Rule: Mining, Power and the Political Ecology of Extraction in Colonial Zambia
  • Dr Denise Humphreys-Bebbington, The Political Ecology of Natural Gas Extraction in Southern Bolivia
  • Dr Raihana Ferdous, Towards a Spatial Understanding of Solar Energy Transition: The Making of a Solar Energy Market in Bangladesh and the Experiences of On-grid and Off-grid Households

Research Groups

Department of Geography

Durham Energy Institute

Research Interests

  • Questions of property, access and control associated with 'new geographies' of resource production and consumption
  • Political ecologies of resource scarcity and security
  • The organisation of global production networks for raw materials, particularly those associated with old and new 'carbon economies'
  • The ways in which the material character of 'biophysical' resources shapes their appropriation, commodification and marketisation
  • Geographies of energy transition and governance

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Bridge, G, Barr, S, Bouzarovski, S, Bradshaw, M, Brown, E, Bulkeley, H & Walker, G (2018). Energy and Society: a critical perspective. Routledge.
  • Bridge, G & Le Billon, P (2017). Oil. Polity.
  • Bridge, G. & Le Billon, P. (2013). Oil. Cambridge: Polity.

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Fraying Ties? Networks, territory and transformation in the UK oil sector. UK Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2019: Geopolitical Economy and Energy System Transformation. UK Energy Research Centre, Phase 4
  • 2017: Towards a Political Ecology of EU Energy Policy. SHAPE ENERGY
  • 2016: 2016-10-01 - 2018-03-08: To the Ends of the Earth, Leverhulme Trust
  • 2016: 2016-2020: H2020-REINVENT, European Commission
  • 2016: Energy Infrastructure: Security, environment and social conflict. British Council Newton Funds Researcher Links Workshop Grant (with Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)
  • 2016: Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene and the World (ICELAW). The Leverhulme Trust
  • 2011: The Geopolitical Economy of Global Gas Security and Governance: Implications for the UK. UK Energy Research Centre