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New Approaches


Resource Frontiers will shape three core anthropological debates:


Hydraulic sovereignty

Our project will re-evaluate social scientific theorisations of space-based sovereignty through a focus on trans-border water: a substance that, through its fluidity, exceeds the ability to be comprehensively governed


Trans-border resource nationalism

We will conceptually broaden studies of resource nationalism – including its Sinophobic dimensions - by asking how its forms are shaped in relation to waters spanning national borders and in relation to legal concepts shaped in different jurisdictions



We will deepen social scientific analysis of mega-infrastructure projects related to water extraction and hydroelectricity generation, asking how infrastructure becomes a key 'thing' through which people understand what frontiers are