Energy and Environmental Policy; Cultures of Expertise; Extractive and Restructuring Industries; Hydrocarbon Aesthetics; Arctic (US, Canada, Norway, Russia)
Arthur Mason holds academic appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at Rice University in the Department of Anthropology and as Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the Department of Social Anthropology.
Dr. Mason’s research addresses the exchange of petro-industry information in elite premium networking spaces and the broader context of energy knowledge provisioning for visualizing the future. His previous work examines Alaska Native history, including moments of identification and political recognition via forms of heritage work, citizenship, and academic expertise. His forthcoming research focuses on aesthetic in hydrocarbon imagery and interconnections between the Arctic’s changing environmental and cultural systems and other regions of the world. Dr. Mason’s book manuscript, titled Consulting Energy: From Political Hearings to Roundtable Events (under review) explores the reliance of government and industry on energy consultant expertise during a period interest in Arctic natural gas development. The work demonstrates the efficacy of consultant expertise in popularizing knowledge of energy futures through technical prediction and ritual-like learning environments.
US National Science Foundation: Energy Futures of the High North: A New Approach to the Study of Experts, Institutions, and Forms of Knowledge that Guide Arctic Hydrocarbon Development, 2014-2018.
Energy Image: Hydrocarbon Aesthetics of Progress and Form. University of West Virginia Press, series Energy & Society. 180 pages. Under contract, 2017. (with Danine Farqharson, eds)
Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North (ed). Berghahan Press. Under contract, 2017.
Consulting Energy: From Political Hearings to Roundtable Events. 220 pages. Under review. Yale University Press.