Paul Robert Gilbert
Environment and Technology
University of Brighton
Telephone: +44(0)1273 642285
My background is in anthropology, and I have long been interested in what ethnographic research can bring to the understanding of natural resource-based development.
I studied for a BA (Hons) in Anthropology at Durham University (2006-09), where I was able to carry out my first short piece of fieldwork around the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea. Subsequently, I took the MSc in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (2009-10). My Masters research, carried out as part of a larger Leverhulme-funded project, was published in Agriculture & Human Values and awarded the 2010 Centre for Biocultural Diversity Annual Ethnobotany Prize.
My PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex (2011-16) was funded by the ESRC, and involved carrying out extended periods of ethnographic research in the UK and Bangladesh, where I was attached to Jahangirnagar University.
Whilst writing up my doctoral research, I became involved in a number of public education projects, including Rethinking Economics. With the Royal Anthropological Institute and the London School of Financial Arts, I co-organised a series of workshops bringing together artists, activists, accountants and social scientists concerned with using visual methods to understand financial markets. I was also involved in establishing the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Early Career working group and seminar series, and am currently the Media Officer for the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK & Commonwealth.
I am happy to hear from any students interested in carrying out PhD research in political ecology, science and technology studies and economic geography. In particular, I am keen to hear from prospective students interested in energy, ethics and the extractive industries; development finance; and the ethnographic study of policy and business elites.