Jessica Barnes’s research focuses on the everyday practices of resource use and differential experience of environmental change. Her work employs ethnographic methods to examine the uneven distribution and quality of resources that are fundamental to life—water, food, and air—and their impact on social worlds. Her publications include Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (Duke 2014), Staple Security: Bread and Wheat in Egypt (Duke 2022), and a volume coedited with Michael Dove, Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change (Yale 2015). She is currently developing a new project in London, which explores how air pollution is woven into the fabric of daily lives in racialized and class-inflected ways. Dr. Barnes received her PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of the Environment, and BA in Geography from Oxford University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of South Carolina.
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Absences: Thematic Exclusions at a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference
The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in 2012 in Doha, Qatar. Conducting ethno... More
How does the Anthropocene taste? Inspired by Stefan Helmreich’s meditation on the sounds of the Anthropocene, I probe another sense—taste—as part of the embodie... More