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Dr Kama’s doctoral and postdoctoral research has developed nascent scholary interests in 'resource-making' practices, including the contentious scientific practices, economic interventions and political struggles through which new components of the material world are rendered feasible for exploration and production. The empirical focus of this research has been on unconventional fossil fuels, but also on non-energy materials and wastes.
Her DPhil thesis, entitled 'Unconventional Futures: Anticipation, Materiality, and the Market in Oil Shale Development' offers one of the first scholarly arguments for a relational and processual account of 'resource materialities' and anticipatory energy economies. It is based on a detailed analysis of how oil shale exploitation is perpetuated through the promise of future prosperity, standardised across disparate geo-economic environments, and subsequently transforms the carbon economy and politics.
Her current ESRC-funded research project, 'Geo-logics and Geo-politics: The Collective Governance of European Shale Gas Development' (£149,196) explores the geoscientific disputes and geopolitical struggles arising from the recent uptake of ‘fracking’ in EU countries. This research accounts for the epistemologically and politically transformative potential of resource-making controversies in reconfiguring expert knowledge production, science-policy relations and forms of public activism around extractive economies.
Dr Kama’s wider research is concerned with the nascent field of ‘political geology’, material economies and post-capitalist futures. She is currently developing her conceptual interests in three directions. First, she is part of a broader interdisciplinary initiative that develops new materialist approaches to study the relationship between geosciences and geopolitics, building on the resurgent interest in the subsurface across the social sciences. Second, together with Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (LSE), she is developing the concept of 'resource temporalities' which accounts for diverse engagements with time in resource-based economies. Third, Kärg continues to engage with ideas of the performativity of economics in the context of alternative, ostensibly non-capitalist material economies centred on reduced consumption, recycling and degrowth movements.