Austurland, Iceland

Understanding the oil-discourse in Eastern Iceland

Researcher: Pernille Ihme, master student

Photo: Pernille Ihme

My research will explore the local reactions towards the planned oil-industry in the eastern part of Iceland. The region suffered a severe depopulation in the 1990s, but this trend was reversed in the previous years as a result of the building of an aluminum smelter and a new hydroelectric power plant. Once again the region is in need for new opportunities, and the question is if the oil-industry can be the venture the region craves.

I wish to learn how people understand their own place in this community, and how their lives might be changed due to new industry or by increased development and Investement in the area and its infrastructure.

I believe my study can be helpful to understand the discrepancy between environmentalism and the desire for a good life and a viable community.

Published May 11, 2015 9:37 AM - Last modified May 27, 2015 1:56 PM