Dr Gabriela Manley
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
|Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Anthropology|
My Leverhulme project, Climate Futures: Imagination and its influence on net-zero policy in Scotland, investigates the effect these imaginations of the future have on net-zero policy creation, implementation, and support within the Scottish Government, exploring the affective influence that future imaginations have on net-zero policies that are presented as purely scientifically grounded.
By focusing on policy creation Climate Futures provides an innovative approach that will investigate net-zero policy at its inception, rather than its eventual implementation. It will introduce a new theoretical angle to analyse climate policy, helping anthropologists, climate scientists, and politicians understand the practical, political, and interdisciplinary difficulties faced at the early stages of policy creation.
Since 2017, extensive fieldwork on political parties, Scottish Nationalism, temporality, and political planning has formed the basis of my PhD and resultant publications, talks, and public engagements. My work addresses how imaginations of the future influence nationalist politics today, affecting the way Scottish National Party (SNP) activists and politicians vote, mobilise, create policy and messaging. Through detailed ethnographic analysis of SNP politicians and activists my work challenges established analytical frameworks within political and anthropological studies that emphasise the past and present as key drivers in political action. Instead, it demonstrates the heavy influence the future has in the creation, messaging and promotion of national futures and civic nationalism.
I am a co-convenor for the Anthropology of Time Network - @AnthTime, and webmaster at American Ethnologist.
- Climate change
- Political anthropology
- Time and temporality
- Anthropology of the future
- Renewable energy
- Climate policy
- Conspiracy theories
- Anthropology of Britain/Europe
- Manley, G. 2022. Reimagining the enlightenment: Alternate timelines and utopian futures in the Scottish independence movement.
- Manley, G. 2021. Temporalities of Emergent Axiomatic Violence in Brexit Scotland, Anthropological Forum, 31(3): 275-290.
- Manley, G. 2021. Utopia. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Manley, G., Noula, E., Piña, G., Sansone, R., Sharma, S., Sopranzetti, C. & Souiah, F., 2021. #PoliticalEngagements: Punctuation and Flow. In: Allegra Lab.
- Manley, G. 2020. "Introducing the Pandemic Diaries", In "Pandemic Diaries" Gabriela Manley, Bryan M Dougan, and Carole McGranahan, eds., American Ethnologist Collections, 4: 1-3. March 2020.
- Manley, G. 2020. "Emptiness and Futures." Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, December.
- Manley, G. 2019. Scotland’s Post-Referenda Futures. Anthropology Today, 35(4): 13-17.
- Manley, G. 2019. A Scottish Kind of Conspiracy, Anthropology News. July.
Available for media contact about:
- Anthropology: Climate change policies, Scottish politics, Scottish independence, Green nationalism