Laura Watts is an ethnographer and Associate Professor at the Technologies in Practice research group, IT University of Copenhagen. She is one of the principal co-ordinators of the ISSMER network. Her research is concerned with the effect of landscape and location on how futures are imagined and made; how different landscapes make different futures. She has spent the last six years collaborating with people and places in the Orkney Islands with a focus on marine renewable energy and its futures. She has also worked with organisations and policy-makers in the mobile telecoms industry, and the public transport sector. She is co-editor of the prose and poetry collection ‘Orkney Futures: a Handbook’ (published by Brae Editions). Much of her work and publications, which spans a variety of media, is published on her website at www.sand14.com
Her current research project Alien Energy, is a comparative ethnographic study of marine energy at the edge, both at the cutting edge of technology and at the geographic periphery of northern Europe.
Research interests: ethnography of marine energy, anthropology of design, technoscience futures, landscape, poetry, science and technology studies (sts).