My post-doctoral project titled “Sea Stories: Constructing Nature in the Rigs-to-Reefs Debate” was an examination of the modern history of the Rigs-to-Reefs program in which decommissioned oil and gas offshore platform jackets are converted into artificial reefs. In this project, I examined the scientific and political controversies surrounding Rigs-to-Reefs since the mid-1970s in the Gulf of Mexico, California Bight and North Sea. By analyzing the historical development of artificial coral reef research in conjunction with political and business discussions about offshore disposal of oil structures, the project hopes to shed light on why policies have developed differently in the three areas. I am particularly interested in how a combination of science, politics, economics, and culture work together to define what is “natural.”

Sinking prospect: oil rigs and Greenpeace in the North Sea

Solutions Journal 4 (Sept 2013) This article argues that environmental discourses develop on an international stage at a particular moment in time and can create associations between issues that are not directly related. When Greenpeace, by occupying the Brent Spar, turned all eyes on the issue of dumping oil installations at…

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Public dissemination (rigs-to-reefs)

This section lists my research dissemination activities to those outside of academia. Check out the T-Post magazine t-shirt with an article written by a student at Umeå University inspired by my rigs-to-reefs research. It’s not often that scholarly work gets made into a t-shirt! “Rigger bør bli rev” [Rigs should become reefs],…

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