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Monica Skaten Research Fellow


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I look at the intersection between petroleum industries, politics, democracy and livelihoods in West Africa. My PhD research focused on Ghana’s downstream petroleum industry. I conducted an industry ethnography tracing petroleum products from refining in the south to smuggling in the north. I am particularly interested in the role of petroleum products for state building, state legitimacy and social contracts. I am currently also looking at gendered identities in the petroleum industry.

Major / Research Topics / Keywords

African Area Studies, Anthropology of the State, Anthropology of Work and Anthropology of Industry, West Africa, Political Economy, International Development, Gender

skaten2 Biography

2008-2011: BSc Norwegian University of Science and Technology, major in Social Anthropology and minor in African Studies.
2011-2012: MSc in Africa and International Development, The University of Edinburgh, UK.
2012-2017: PhD in African studies, The University of Edinburgh, UK.

Worked as a risk consultant for the petroleum industry and development organisations.

Currently, conducting research at Centre of African Area Studies at Kyoto University and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Lakeland University Japan.


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Articles and Books
  1. Skaten, M. (2018) Ghana’s Oil Industry: Steady Growth in a Challenging Environment. Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) WPM. 77. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26889/9781784671044

  2. Skaten, M. (2018) ‘Political Legacies in Ghana’s Petroleum industry’, in Extractive Industries and African States in the 21st Century. (Eds.) Ulf Engel, Elisio Macamo, Jon Schubert. Rutledge Studies in African Development, Rutledge: London.

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Contact

    monica.skaten [at] asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Replace [at] with @)


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