Petrocultures Research Group

The Petrocultures Research Group produces and supports research on the social and cultural implications of oil and energy for individuals, communities, and societies around the world today. Through our global network of members, events, and initiatives, we generate new ways of thinking about energy and culture.

About Petrocultures

Who we are

The Petrocultures Research Group has been producing and supporting leading-edge energy humanities research since 2011. Head to our About page to learn more about our mission and leadership team.

Our members

Petrocultures members around the world are changing how we think about the social, cultural, and political dimensions of energy. If you are interested in joining us, head to our Members page to learn more and submit a membership application.


The Petrocultures Research Group hosts conferences, workshops, working groups, and other events throughout the year. Check out some of the exciting things we’re working on.

Energy Humanities

Launched in 2020, Energy Humanities is an online hub for new ideas about energy, politics, and culture. The site features commentary on current events, book notices, original…

Petrocultures 2022: Transformations

The biennial Petrocultures conference, twice postponed due to COVID-19, took place August 24-27, 2022 in Stavanger, Norway. Click here for the final conference program. Keynote speakers: Thursday,…


Announcement, Event

New After Oil 3 Podcast Series: Volatile Trajectories

Members of the Petrocultures Research Group recently gathered to form After Oil 3 (AOS 3), a new After Oil project dedicated to experimenting with ways of creating…

Announcement, Book

New Book! Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures

Petrocultures Research Group members Danine Farquharson and Fiona Polack have just published a cutting edge edited collection, Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures. In this post, Danine…

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