Henrietta Harvey lecturer to discuss oil's unconventional future

Jan 9th, 2015

Janet Harron

Gavin Bridge
Henrietta Harvey lecturer to discuss oil's unconventional future

A professor of economic geography at Durham University, U.K., will deliver the Henrietta Harvey Lecture at Memorial University on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Dr. Gavin Bridge’s research focuses on the extractive industries of oil, gas and mining and the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural resource development.

Co-founder and chair of the Energy Geographies Working Group of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers, Dr. Bridge is the co-author (with Philippe Le Billon) of Oil, which examines the new geopolitics of oil.

His lecture will focus on how the nature of oil is changing as a result of technology, price fluctuations and government policy. Dr. Bridge will demonstrate some of the emergent geographies of supply and demand associated with oil’s unconventional future and what they mean for established geographies of production, consumption and regulations.

The Department of Geography’s Dr. Charles Mather completed the required application to bring Dr. Bridge to Memorial for the lecture.

“This is an extraordinary time to be bringing a leading expert on oil to Memorial University, and to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Mather. “Who would have guessed that oil scarcity and peak oil could give way so quickly to global oil surpluses and an oil price below $50 a barrel? Gavin Bridge’s presentation in mid-January will, I am certain, provide us with important new insights into a resource that has been so important to this province’s economy.”

The lecture takes place Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Bruneau Centre’s Innovation Theatre (IIC-2001) on the St. John’s campus and begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome and free parking is available in lot 15B. 






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