Dr Daniele Rugo – Principal Investigator, is Senior Lecturer in Film at Brunel University London. He is a practising filmmaker and his main research interests are in documentary practice, film-philosophy and world cinema. He is the author of two books: Philosophy and the Patience of Film (2016) and Jean-Luc Nancy and the Thinking of Otherness (2013).
Dr Dana Abi Ghanem – Co-Investigator, is Lecturer in Sustainability and Project Management at the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester. She is interested in the intersections of technology and society, specifically energy technologies, infrastructure and electricity consumption. Her research engages with scholarship from science and technology studies, sociology, theories of practice, and cultural geography.
Dr Maria Kastrinou - Co-Investigator, is Lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on sect and state relations, energy, and Syrian refugees in the Middle East and South-Eastern Mediterranean. She conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Syria and is the author of the recently published book Power, sect and state in Syria.
Abi Weaver – Film Producer; Consultant, works across broadcast television and film. She has developed and produced several primetime documentaries for Channel 4, BBC, ITV and Channel 5. She holds a BA in Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Performance & Research from The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Ben Venfield – Technical Support
An Advisory Board will work alongside the research team. The board is formed by:
Prof. Eric Verdeil (Ecole urbaine - Sciences Po Paris);
Dr Sara Fregonese (University of Birmingham);
Mr. Ziad Abdel Samad (Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development);
Mr. Masahiro Hirakubo (Film Editor)
Prof. Eric Verdeil will advice on field-based and post-field research on electricity infrastructures in Beirut.
Dr Sara Fregonese will provide specific advice on the problems of Beirut having previously researched the urban geopolitics of the Lebanese capital.
Ziad Abdel Samad will provide advice based on his many years of experience in civil society action in the context of conflict in Lebanon.
Masahiro Hirakubo will advice on the production of the documentary film.