Dr Daniel M. Knight
(October 2014 - September 2017)
Daniel M Knight joins the Hellenic Observatory as Visiting Fellow. Daniel is an anthropologist who currently holds an Addison Wheeler Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology, Durham Energy Institute, and Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Daniel has conducted ethnographic research in Thessaly since 2003 and has published on the economic crisis, time, temporality, history, neoliberalism, neo-colonialism and renewable energy initiatives. At the Hellenic Observatory he will continue interdisciplinary research on renewable energy initiatives and sustainable development in austerity Greece and the wider Balkan region. The project explores the political and economic objectives of Balkan nations in the renewable energy market and highlights the social and technical challenges of energy transition. It further assesses the compatibility of governmental policy with current energy practices ‘on the ground’. The research will improve our understanding of the intersection between society and technology and the materiality of energy. Daniel will also continue to write on the Greek economic crisis, neoliberalism and social memory.