Sheena Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, co-founder & director of the international Petrocultures Research Group, and research lead on Just Powers. She is also a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. Her research interests involve an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to studying how the extractivist world-view that has contributed to climate change through the exploitation of land and resources, likewise allows for the exploitation of gendered, classed and racialized bodies, and the erasure of knowledge held by those bodies. Given that mobilizing against climate change can be overwhelming, she argues for a focus on power shift—literally in terms of energy transition, and figuratively in terms of social justice—as a means to anchor feminist and decolonial political movements striving for climate justice. A commitment to feminism and decolonization as method and praxis, as well as object of study, informs her current research and all of her research partnership ongoing under the banner of Just Powers, funded by the Future Energy Systems Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Francophone Secretariat, and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study.
Publication highlights include Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Cultures w/ Adam Carlson and Imre Szeman (MQUP, 2017); Petro-Mama: Mothering in a Crude World (2015); “Gendering Oil: Tracing Western Petrosexual Relations” (2014); and Sighting Oil w/Andrew Pendakis (2012). Her monograph in process is called Deep Energy Literacy: Toward Just Futures.