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WAGE: Work, labour and greening the economy

The WAGE project seeks to examine how oil workers in Norway, Nigeria and Canada assess their own role in a green transformation.

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About the project

A green shift requires societies across the world to transition to low-emission energy regimes. Emissions from petroleum and the petroleum industry represent the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the global economy, and countries like Norway, Nigeria and Canada have based much of their economic growth on this product. The WAGE project seeks to examine how oil workers assess their own role in a green transformation.

Oil workers, long seen as champions of economic development, are framed as ‘part of the problem’ in the climate debate – rather than as part of the solution. Another challenge is the tendency to portray the green shift as a trade-off between jobs and sustainable emission levels. With this point of entry, it comes as no surprise that oil worker unions have tended to adopt a reluctant stance on climate mitigation policies.

Objectives

The project will shed light on oil workers’ identity formation in the climate debate through qualitative methods, including focus groups and interviews. In particular, we will focus on how oil worker unions train their members, develop their strategies, and engage with counterparts and alliance partners in industrial relations and in politics more generally. We will also explore media representations of oil workers. The project will be carried out in dialogue with stakeholders in the business, and aims to generate transnational knowledge exchange and organisational learning through video production. The project team will also contribute theoretically to an embryonic literature on the role that work plays in mediating nature-society relations.

Financing

The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway under SAMKUL. The total grant award was for NOK 9 000 000.

Cooperation

OsloMet- Oslo Metropolitan University, Department of Journalism and Media Studies

York University, Department of Social Science

 

Publications

  • Maiken Bjerga Kiil & David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2020). Internasjonale lærdommer, In Inger Marie Hagen & Jon Olav Bjergene (ed.),  Grønne tariffavtaler.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205538900.  Kapittel 5.  s 90 - 118
  • Camilla Houeland; David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier & Frida Hambro Angell (2020). Solidarity tested: The case of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO‐Norway) and its contradictory climate change policies. Area (London 1969).  ISSN 0004-0894.
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Contentious and institutional politics in a petro-state: Nigeria's 2012 fuel subsidy protests. The Extractive Industries and Society.  ISSN 2214-790X.

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  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2020). Klimaengasjement i fagbevegelsen.
  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2020). Hvorfor er ikke lærerne i klimastreik?.
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). "Klimaheltene det ikke synges om: Oljearbeiderne".
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Kan man se konsekvenser av imperialismen i dagens Nigeria? Tre historier om Boko Haram og terror; #Endsars og folkelige protester mot politivold og Olje-konfliktene i Nigerdeltaet..
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Trade unions and organization in Africa: Disempowerment and counter-power.
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Makt og avmakt i afrikansk fagbevgelse: I kriser, korona og klima.
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). #EndSARS - Hva er det og hvorfor skjer det nå? (Panelsamtale om de pågående protestene i Nigeria).
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Norwegian oil workers' perception of media coverage of oil, work and climate change.
  • Andreas Ytterstad (2020). The rise of the Oil worker in Norwegian media, to the rescue of oil, the climate, or both?.
  •  (2020). Afrikansk fagbevegelse kan få en viktig rolle under korona-pandemien, sier afrikaekspert.
  •  (2020). BBC og NRK skal dele sine erfaringer om klimajournalistikk på digital konferanse Arrangør Andreas Ytterstad vil skape dialog om nyoppstartede klimaredaksjoner..
  •  (2020). Nigeria feirer 60 år med uavhengighet.
  •  (2020). Bloomberg: Verdens beste børs i år er nigeriansk.
  •  (2020). Kjendiser ut mot politibrutalitet.
  •  (2020). Korona krever kutt i bensinsubsidier – en katastrofe for fattige.
  • Camilla Houeland & David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2020). Oljearbeidernes dilemma. KLIMA - Et magasin om klimaforskning fra CICERO.
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). "We are workers, not heroes". Africa Is A Country (Blog).
  • Camilla Houeland (2020). Nigerias delte oljeindustri og fagbevegelsens svekkede kraft. Magasinet Industri Energi.  s 42- 43
  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2019). WAGE - Work, labour and greening the economy.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Når COSATU ikke lengre er lik Fagbevegelsen i Sør-Afrika.
  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier; Heidi Sørensen & Christine Lundberg Larsen (2019). Panelsamtale om fagforeninger og grønne skiftet.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Olje – ressursen der ute: Tilknytningsformer - arbeidsplass og lokalsamfunn/fellesskap.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Anstendig arbeid og Bærekraftsmålene.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Nigeriansk fagbevegelse: Punching above their weight.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Oljens forbannelse?.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Panelsamtale om klima og utvikling.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Faglige rettigheteer under angrep.
  • Andreas Ytterstad (2019). The Uprising of Good Sense: Climate Jobs & the Green New Deal.
  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier (2019). WAGE - Work, labour and greening the economy.
  • David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier; Camilla Houeland & Frida Hambro Angell (2019). Interests and perspectives on climate change among organised labour: The case of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO-NORWAY).
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Labour-resistance against fuel subsidies reform for climate mitigation.
  •  (2019). Står frykt for å miste jobben i veien for klimaengasjement?.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Celebrating May Day: Trade unions as schools of democracy. Africa Is A Country (Blog).
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Derfor slåss fattigfolk for klimaskadelige bensin-subsidier. Bistandsaktuelt.  ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Lykkeland og troen på gode jobber. Bistandsaktuelt.  ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Første mai: Om fagbevegelse og demokrati. Bistandsaktuelt.  ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). "Working for Oil: Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry, T. Atabaki, E. Bini, K. Ehsani (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan (2018).". The Extractive Industries and Society.  ISSN 2214-790X.
  • Camilla Houeland (2019). Arbeidstakerrettigheter under angrep. Bistandsaktuelt.  ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Andreas Ytterstad & Gøril Borgen Eide (2018). Climate Change Consensus and Contradictions at the Core - Norwegian Trade Union Values and Climate Change.
  • Andreas Ytterstad (2018). The hegemony of oil in the media: traces of good sense from oil workers.

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Published Sep. 13, 2018 10:38 AM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2020 2:37 PM