Luba Pirgova

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Luba Pirgova
First Name
Luba
Surname
Pirgova
Institution
Cardiff University
Current Position
PhD Researcher
Personal website
http://psych.cf.ac.uk/contactsandpeople/pgs/pirgova.php
Other website
http://energybiographies.org/phds/luba-pirgova/
Academia.edu
http://cardiff.academia.edu/LubaPirgova

Research Themes

ENERGY AND EMISSIONS
GOVERNANCE AND BEHAVIOUR

PhD Researchers Profile

Tyndall Research Theme
Energy
Duration of your PhD
Oct 2012 - Oct 2015
Thesis's Supervisor
Prof. Nick Pidgeon and Prof. Karen Henwood
Funder
ESRC and EPSRC
My Thesis' Abstract

Electricity is invisible and yet it has been turned into a product to be sold and consumed by society as both a necessity and as a commodity. This product, as any other product, has a visual form. The visual representations of electricity are also associated with a wide range of emotions and social practices. Electricity becomes somewhat ‘visible’ to the people when it is lost, when it is threatened, even if it is for a short time. Usually, these are times of turmoil, such as wars and natural disasters. These are the times when electricity becomes a symbol of safety and security, a symbol of home and “our” space; a symbol of warmth and comfort, a symbol of light and hope. The focus of this PhD is on the perceptions of electricity of individuals and social groups as presented in visual imagery during two moments of turmoil – Hurricane Sandy (USA, Oct 2012) and Energy Protests (Bulgaria, Feb-Apr 2013). The PhD is based on both primary and secondary images produced and interpreted during these two events. Empirical data include analysis of photographs and articles as well as field interviews from both case sites. The symbolism of electricity will be connected to more general issues of social and cultural sustainability as the perceptions of what is and what is needed intersect with questions of what might become if the perceptions and expectations remain unchanged.

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