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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

. ‘That's ok’, I told him. ‘Today, I'm not interested in how your technology works. I'm interested in how you sell it.’ Virgil was the West African business development manager for a French-owned solar company that I will call Le Sol. The solar lamp is a

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Introduction

Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

investments in fossil fuels and other extractive industries, including many of our own universities. Indeed, despite encouraging market signals for renewable technologies and, more importantly, calls for and experiments in decarbonization, 2019 emitted record

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Crafting Spaces of Value

Infrastructure, Technologies of Extraction and Contested Oil in Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi

materials and technology, I show how such refineries represent an emergent form of energy capture that transforms the creeks of the Niger Delta into islands of carbon sale and challenge state and corporate power. This form of capture, I suggest, is embedded

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Uneasy Entanglements

Solar Energy Development in Zanzibar

Erin Dean

projects. The parts were not manufactured locally, so replacement and repair parts were difficult and expensive to get. Perhaps most significantly, these solar instalment projects put the technology in place but did not train local people to maintain or

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High-rise social failures

Regulating technologies, authority, and aesthetics in the resettlement of Taipei military villages

Elisa Tamburo

Zhongxin Village's relocation—and on a month and a half of follow-up fieldwork in 2017—a year after the relocation. New regulatory regimes, articulated with new house technologies, governance, and aesthetics challenge the inhabitants’ spatial practices

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Prelude to a Grid

Energy, Gender and Labour on an Electric Frontier

Kristin D. Phillips

models, enabling people to pay for solar energy with lower upfront costs ( ADB 2015 ; Economist 2016 ). Solar technology projects in Tanzania range from solar lantern distribution to schoolchildren, to household systems, to mini-grids that power

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Air in Unexpected Places

Metabolism, Design, and the Making of an ‘African’ Aircrete

Michael Degani

themselves reliant on materials and technologies that are produced abroad and then supplied and installed by USAID funded contracts, creating new dependencies on an international supply chain. Moreover, while solar power is itself sustainable and renewable

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Documenting Sea Change

Ocean Data Technologies, Sciences, and Governance

Kathleen M. Sullivan

. Scientific data, data technologies, geospatial visualization technologies, and the people who are responsible for oceanic scientific data infrastructure play a central role in these changing governance practices. The three-way relationship between ocean

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Policing at a distance and that human thing

An appreciative critique of police surveillance

David Sausdal

Policing technologies are increasingly being developed to surveil and control people from afar. This is especially true in relation to cross-border crimes and other global threats where the necessity of monitoring such illegal flows is often advocated. In the literature, this is sometimes referred to as “policing at a distance,” signifying how the growth in different policing technologies is allowing police to oversee people without coming into physical contact with them. Overall, scholars find this development alarming. It is alarming because it reduces human lives to data points and because studies have shown how policing at a distance may trigger hateful police attitudes. With these problems of policing at a distance in mind, this article explores how an increasing use of surveillance technologies affects Danish detectives.

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Ocean Thinking

The Work of Ocean Sciences, Scientists, and Technologies in Producing the Sea as Space

Susannah Crockford

ocean sciences to human knowledge about Earth. In bringing together work on oceanography in science and technology studies with the sociology and anthropology of ocean sciences, this review article draws into view the ways in which science is implicated