Tristan Partridge

Tristan Partridge
Postdoctoral Scholar

Office Location

HSSB 2059


Sociocultural Anthropology (energy and extraction, environmental justice, urgency and risk, resource relations, indigenous political action; US, UK, Ecuador)


Ph.D. Social Anthropology. School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

M.Sc. Global Movements, Social Justice and Sustainability. Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, U.K


2015-     Co-PI: NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, STS program: Energy, Risk and Urgency: Emergent Public 
               Perceptions of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction
(with Barbara Herr Harthorn), UCSB
2014      Research Fellow, Off The Grid: Relational Infrastructures for Fragile Futures.
               Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
2013      Research Assistant, Heat and the City. U.K. Research Councils’ Energy and Communities Programme.
2011      Visiting Researcher (doctoral fieldwork), Dept. of Anthropology, FLACSO Quito, Ecuador
2009      Consultant: Global Polio Eradication Initiative, UNICEF India
2008      Fieldwork Researcher: Beej Bachao Andolan (Save the Seeds Movement) Henvalghati, India


Sample publications
Journal articles
Partridge, T. (2017) "Resisting ruination: resource sovereignties and socioecological struggles in Cotopaxi, Ecuador." Journal of Political Ecology 24: 763-776.

Partridge, T., M. Thomas, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon, A. Hasell, L. Stevenson, C. Enders (2017) “Seeing futures now: Emergent US and UK views on shale development, climate change and energy systems.Global Environmental Change 42: 1-12.

Thomas, M., T. Partridge, B. Harthorn, N. Pidgeon (2017) "Deliberating the perceived risks, benefits and societal implications of shale gas and oil extraction by hydraulic fracturing in the US and UK." Nature Energy 2: 17054.

Thomas, M., N. Pidgeon, D. Evensen, T. Partridge, A. Hasell, C. Enders, B. Harthorn, M. Bradshaw (2017) “Public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil in the United States and Canada.” WIREs Climate Change, e450.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Rural Intersections: Resource Marginalisation and the ‘non-Indian Problem’ in Highland Ecuador.” Special issue, “The Rural as a Dimension of Environmental Injustice.” Journal of Rural Studies 47(A): 337-349.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Water Justice and Food Sovereignty in Cotopaxi, Ecuador.” Environmental Justice 9(2): 49-52.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Inheriting Struggle and Forming the Future: Indigenous Education-Creation Centres in Highland Ecuador.” Themed issue, “Place, Learning, and Resilience.” Journal of Sustainability Education (vol. 11, Feb. 2016).

Partridge, T. (2015) “Recoupling Groups Who Resist: Dimensions of Difference, Opposition and Affirmation.” Journal of Resistance Studies 1(2): 12-50.

Journal commentaries
Partridge, T. (2016) “Energy is Everywhere: on Imaginaries and ‘Contested Powers.’Anthropology Today 32(4): 26-7.

Partridge, T. (2016) “Engaging Anthropology in Deliberation and Facilitation.” Practicing Anthropology 38(3): 37-8.

Book chapters
Partridge, T. (2017) “Unconventional Action and Community Control: Rerouting Dependencies Despite the Hydrocarbon Economy” in K. Jalbert, A. Willow, D. Casagrande & S. Paladino (eds.) ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements and Alternative Futures. New York: Routledge.

Pidgeon, N., M. Thomas, T. Partridge, D. Evensen, B. Harthorn (2017) “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Risk for Environment, Energy Security and Affordability?” in R. Kasperson (ed.) Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. New York: Routledge, Earthscan Risk in Society.