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Valeria Guerrieri

Valeria Guerrieri

PhD fellow

Short Bio

MA in International Relations (Political Science) 

Areas of interest:

  • Energy: energy politics; petrocultures; energy geographies; energy landscapes
  • Communication: discursive strategies; narratives (petro-narratives); environmental communication; critical discourse analysis; corporate (energy) communication   
  • Extractive industries: natural resource exploitation; oil and gas; pipelines; CSR; megaprojects 
  • Temporal politics: hope; anticipation; futurity; scenario building; resource affect
  • Indigenous peoples: land rights; natural resource management; Inuit, First Nations; participatory frameworks  
  • Nationalism: technological nationalism; national space; petronation; frontier; critical cartography
  • Canada: Canadian Arctic; Northwest Territories; Mackenzie Valley; Mackenzie Gas Project


Not there and (not) yet. The spatio-temporal politics of oil and gas development in the Canadian North. (1.9.15-31.8.18)

I am currently pursuing a PhD project at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

My research project – Not there and (not) yet. Indigenous peoples and the spatio-temporal politics of petroleum development in the Canadian North - aims at analyzing the impact of fossil fuel development on the negotiation of places, identities and narratives in Northern Canada (and more generally in the Arctic) over the last fifty years. By combining insights from human geography, theories of nationalism and resource affect, the project investigates spatial and temporal dynamics of energy development and attempts to expose the web of power relations guiding space-time productions. 

The failed construction of a natural gas pipeline in the North of Canada, the Mackenzie Gas Project (1974-2017), is chosen as the main case study in order to show how, although eventually unbuilt, this kind of megaprojects manages to trigger a series of long lasting transformations, affecting people's perceptions of space and time and generating multiple and contrasting power geometries.

The aim of this research is ultimately to contribute to the scientific field on energy development and extractive industries in the Arctic, currently developing with great speed in many scholarly and non-scholarly environments. In particular, while many approach the stages and predicaments of energy and resource development solely in terms of 'impact', I intend to do so by focusing on how places, discourses and peoples are involved as in a process of constant becoming, instead of as something to be taken for granted.

Keywords: pipelines; oil and gas; energy development; Arctic; Canada; energy geographies; place and space; hope; temporal politics; energopolitics; nationalism; discourse analysis 


  • Arctic Politics
  • Energy Politics
  • Discourse Analysis 
  • Foucault: governmentality, power and knowledge
  • Visual Anthropology, film analysis

Main courses:
- Arctic as a Region (Spring 2016), Eskimology and Arctic Studies, KU
- The Modern Greenland (Autumn 2016), Eskimology and Arctic Studies, KU

-Cultural and Social Analysis (Autumn 2015; 2016; 2017), Dpt. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Copenhagen University 
-Inuit Culture and Society (Autumn 2015), Eskimology and Arctic Studies, Copenhagen University
-Eskimology Theory and Method (Autumn 2015, Spring and Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017), Eskimology and Arctic Studies, Copenhagen University 
-Theory of Science (Spring 2017), Eskimology and Arctic Studies, Copenhagen University


- BA Project,  August 2017, Søs Niviak Bøcher, Eskimology and Arctic Studies, Copenhagen University

- Arctic as a Region (2016): minor supervision for the final assignment of three BA students (themes: extractive industries, discourse analysis, migration) 


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