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I am a PhD researcher based at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. I have an an MSc in Sustainability and ecological economics from Leeds University. As an undergraduate, I studied history, politics and international relations at Nottingham Trent. I am interested in political economy and its role in driving environmental change and conflict. However, I do not consider myself to be an expert in political economy per se. I am a social researcher (broadly defined) and am not strongly tied to any one discipline. In this regard, my PhD thesis, which I am in the process of writing up, draws on a diverse range of literatures spanning political economy (potentially including the CasP literature), ecological economics, political ecology and sociology. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and online (qualitative) data collection, this research seeks to explore, understand and explain the fracking conflict in the UK, its political-economic drivers, and strategies deployed by key actors. In 2018, my first research article was published in Ecological Economics. The article analysed the economic impacts of a local currency in Bristol and the political-economic factors that limit the efficacy of such projects. I have a second co-authored paper recently accepted by the same journal. Using illustrative examples from the UK fracking conflict, this paper explores sense of place as an overlooked concept in degrowth scholarship. I recently discovered the CasP literature and am keen to learn more about it before I decide whether/how to use it in my PhD research.
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