Shelly A. Biesel
In the broadest terms, my research examines equity at the crossroads of economic development and environmental change. A cultural-ecological anthropologist by training, I assess how historic, intersectional inequalities can shape social and environmental experiences of energy development in rural communities. I have worked with coal-mining communities in rural Appalachia, and in sugarcane-based biofuel development zones in Northeast Brazil. My current, ongoing project is in Pernambuco, where I partner with Christine Dabat at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.
In addition to being a member of the Humans and Environmental Change Lab, I am affiliated with UGA’s Institute for Women’s Studies, and the Latin American and Caribbean Institute, where I am a student member of the Brazil Natural Resource Governance Initiative.
Research interests: feminist theory, political ecology, energy, ethics, resistance, joy
Biesel, Shelly A. 2020. When disinformation makes sense: Contextualizing the war on coal in Appalachian Kentucky. Economic Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/sea2.12194
Biesel, Shelly and Donald R. Nelson. 2019. A Importância da ética para a gestão da água. In Adapta: gestão adaptativa do risco climático de seca, pp. 407 - 418. Fortaleza: Expressão Gráfica e Editora.
Biesel, Shelly A. 2020. "Radical Media Challenges Rural Stereotypes." Anthropology News.
Athena Co-learning Collective. 2018. "A Femifesto for Teaching and Learning Radical Geography." Antipode Online.
Biesel, Shelly A. 2015. "New Federal Budget Bill No 'Win' for Kentucky." The Courier Journal.
M.A. Anthropology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
B.A. Anthropology and Studio Art, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY