Journal Article | 2018
Rethinking access. Key methodological challenges in studying energy companies.
Understanding the role of large energy corporations in society is a crucial, yet challenging task for the social science of energy. Ethnographic methods hold potential for plying into corporations' own self-representations, to reveal the relations of power and politics that determine flows of energy and extractive capital at the global and local level. Ethnography help us move beyond structural analyses, to locate the agents and processes at work within economies of energy production, and identify tensions and dynamics both within the corporation and at the interface with society. We argue that a multi-method and reflexive approach can help social scientists reflect on frictions in corporate encounters, and more importantly that attention to frictions is in fact a gateway to gain new insights about the field. In our research project about Norwegian energy companies and their corporate social responsibility work when 'going global', applying a multi-method made us question dominant assumptions within anthropology of what constitutes "access". We discuss how multiple approaches to "access", which takes into account the positionality of the researcher, fluidity of research fields along with attention to power dynamics can shape the sort of knowledge that is produced when studying energy companies.
Book Chapter | Feb 2023
Lobbying in tax policy making: The case of VAT-reform in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Lise Rakner
The politics of revenue bargaining: Triggers, processes, and outcomes
CMI Brief | 2021
Towards harmonised financing of frontline health service providers in Tanzania
Ottar Mæstad, Peter Binyaruka
CMI Report | 2021
Direct Financing of Health Facilities. Experiences from financing reforms in Tanzania.
Ottar Mæstad, Jo Borghi, Farida Hassan, Eskindir Shumbullo Loha, John Maiba, Iddy Mayumana, Vincent Somville, Sarah Tobin, Peter Binyaruka
CMI Report | 2021
Direct health facility financing in Tanzania. Process evaluation. Phone Survey #3
Peter Binyaruka, Ottar Mæstad, Vincent Somville
Journal Article | Jan 2023
Provincial variations and entrepreneurialism in the development of China’s Distant Water Fisheries (2011–2020)
U4 Brief | 2022
E-payments in Vietnam’s forest sector: An effective anti-corruption innovation?
David Aled Williams, Duc Tinh Bui, Xuan Hung Pham, Quoc Khanh Nguyen