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.


Techno-Utopianism is a collaborative digital media project about the promises and pitfalls of techno-utopian thinking and action. We have already produced a podcast series, in collaboration with…

After Oil School 3: Next

After Oil School 3: Next (AOS 3) is a two-year, iterative project designed to critically assess the present status and future prospects for energy transitions. Neither speculative…


Announcement, Podcasts

Petrocultures Podcasting

Looking for a new podcast while you wait for spring? Check out these recent podcast appearences by Petrocultures members! Mark Simpson appeared with Heather Davis on the…

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…

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