Publications

Complete list of publications sorted by theme, with links to downloadable versions. Click links below to jump to publications list. You can also browse a list of posts about my publications

 

| Energy Futures | Data FuturesTelecoms Futures | Transport Futures | Essays | Poetry |

Energy Futures

Winthereik, Brit Ross, James Maguire, and Laura Watts. 2019. “The Energy Walk: Infrastructuring the Imagination.” In DigitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies, edited by Janet Vertesi and David Ribes, 349–64. Princeton University Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvc77mp9.26.
Watts, Laura. 2019. Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga. Infrastructures. Cambridge MA/London: MIT Press. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/energy-end-world.
Watts, Laura. 2018. “Energy Future Islands as Living Labs.” In Energy Sustainability in the Transition to Renewables - Framings from Social Practices and Complex Systems Theories. Ispra, Italy: Joint Research Centre, European Energy Efficiency Platform (E3P), European Commission. https://e3p.jrc.ec.europa.eu/file/1901/download?token=lRjO9JCe.
Kerr, Sandy, Laura Watts, Ruth Brennan, Rhys Howell, Marcello Graziano, Anne Marie O’Hagan, Dan van der Horst, Stephanie Weir, Glen Wright, and Brian Wynne. 2018. “Shaping Blue Growth: Social Sciences at the Nexus Between Marine Renewables and Energy Policy.” In Advancing Energy Policy: Lessons on the Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities, edited by Chris Foulds and Rosie Robison, 31–46. Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99097-2_3.
Watts, Laura, and Brit Ross Winthereik. 2018. “Ocean Energy at the Edge.” In Ocean Energy: Governance Challenges for Wave and Tidal Stream Technologies, edited by Glen Wright, Sandy Kerr, and Kate Johnson. London: Routledge. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/wattswinthereik_oceanenergyedge.pdf.
Watts, Laura, James Auger, and Julian Hanna. 2018. “The Newton Machine: Reconstrained Design for Energy Infrastructure.” In Control, Change and Capacity-Building in Energy Systems: SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge, 135–42. SHAPE ENERGY. https://shapeenergy.eu/index.php/publications/research-design-challenge-collection/. Download
Watts, Laura. 2016. “The Electric Nemesis: Making Energy Futures without Hubris.” In Electrifying Anthropology (Conference Paper). Durham University. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/Watts-ElectricNemesis-final.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2015. “Orkney Standard Time: Guide to the Energy Future Time Zone.” In Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Denver. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/Watts-OrkneyStandardTime.pdf.
Kerr, Sandy, Laura Watts, John Colton, Flaxen Conway, Angela Hull, Kate Johnson, Simon Jude, et al. 2014. “Establishing an Agenda for Social Studies Research in Marine Renewable Energy.” Energy Policy 67: 694–702. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.063.
Watts, Laura. 2014. “Liminal Futures: A Poem for Islands at the Edge.” In Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design, edited by James Leach and Lee Wilson. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_liminalfutures.pdf.
Watts, Laura, and Brit Ross Winthereik. 2014. “Energy as Alien.” In New Energies: Land Art Generator Initiative, Copenhagen, edited by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry. New York/London: Prestel. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/WattsWinthereik_EnergyAsAlien.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2009. Orkney Futures: A Handbook. Kirkwall: Brae Editions. https://sand14.com/orkney-futures-a-handbook/.
Watts, Laura. 2009. “Future Archaeologies.” The Museum Archaeologist, Society of Museum Archaeologists The Past, Present and Future of Collecting (32). https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_futurearchaeologies.pdf.

Data Futures

Watts, Laura. 2018. “Liveable Data: A Low Carbon Science Fiction.” In Mobilities and Complexities: Reflections on Post-Carbon Social Science, edited by Mimi Sheller, Sven Kesselring, and Ole B. Jensen. London: Routledge. https://www.sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_liveabledata.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2018. “Data Howe: Science Fiction Short Story.” In Orkney Cloud Magazine, 28–33. Kirkwall, Orkney: Orkney Cloud Project. http://orkneycloud.org/publish/orkneycloud2018.pdf.
Nafus, Dawn, and Laura Watts. 2013. Data Stories. Kirkwall: Brae Editions. https://sand14.com/data-stories/.

Telecoms Futures

Watts, Laura. 2014. “Future Archaeology: Re-Animating Innovation in the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” In Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries, edited by Andrew Herman, Jan Hadlaw, and Thom Swiss. Routledge. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_futurearchaeology.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2012. “Two Pebbles and a Poem: The Landscapes of the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” Canadian Journal of Communication 37 (1). https://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2490.
Ehn, Pelle, Elisabet Nilsson, and Laura Watts. 2012. “Making Futures – Challenging Innovation.” In Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference. Vol. 1. Roskilde, Denmark: ACM. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/ehnnilssonwatts_makingfutures.pdf. Download
Watts, Laura. 2012. “Sand14: Reconstructing the Future of the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” The Fibreculture Journal 20 (139): 33–57. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/2012/06/19/fcj-139-sand14-reconstructing-the-future-of-the-mobile-telecoms-industry/.
Watts, Laura. 2008. “The Future Is Boring: Stories from the Landscapes of the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” Twenty-First Century Society 3 (2): 187–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450140802062193.
Watts, Laura. 2007. “A Future Archaeology of the Mobile Telecoms Industry (Unpublished Thesis).” Lancaster: Lancaster University. https://issuu.com/sand14/docs/watts_thesis_futurearchaeology.
Watts, Laura. 2005. “Designing the Future: Fables from the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” In Thumb Culture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones for Society, edited by Peter Glotz, Stefan Bertschi, and Chris Locke. Piscataway NJ: Transcript Verlag/Transaction. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_designingthefuture.pdf.

Transport Futures

Watts, Laura, and Glenn Lyons. 2010. “Travel Remedy Kit: Interventions into Train Lines and Passenger Times.” In Mobile Methods, edited by Monica Buscher, John Urry, and Karen Witchger. London: Routledge. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/wattslyons_travelremedykit.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2008. “The Art and Craft of Train Travel.” Journal of Social and Cultural Geography 9 (6): 711–26. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_artandcraft.pdf.
Watts, Laura, and John Urry. 2008. “Moving Methods, Travelling Times.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26 (5): 860–74. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/wattsurry_movingmethods.pdf.

Essays

Watts, Laura. 2019. “Energy Futures at the Edge of the World.” Revolve Media, Brussels, June 2019. http://www.sand14/archive/papers/watts_revolve.pdf. https://revolve.media/energy-futures-at-the-edge-of-the-world/.
Watts, Laura. 2019. “Light and Life in the Energy Future.” MITP Blog. January 31, 2019. https://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/light-and-life-energy-future.
Watts, Laura. 2018. “Making Energy Futures at the Island Edge.” CCCB Lab. January 30, 2018. http://lab.cccb.org/en/making-energy-futures-at-the-island-edge/.
Watts, Laura. 2018. “Data Howe: Science Fiction Short Story.” In Orkney Cloud Magazine, 28–33. Kirkwall, Orkney: Orkney Cloud Project. http://orkneycloud.org/publish/orkneycloud2018.pdf.
Watts, Laura. 2017. “Peer Review of an Anonymous Energy Humanities Paper.” European Anthropology Network. June 26, 2017. https://ean.hypotheses.org/602.
Watts, Laura. 2016. “Nemesis.” Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen, Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology, September. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/nemesis.
Watts, Laura, Max Liboiron, Sengers, Phoebe, and Williams, Kaiton. 2016. “4S Preview: Here, There Be Future Dragons….” Society for Social Studies of Science Backchannels. August 5, 2016. http://www.4sonline.org/blog/post/here_there_be_future_dragons.
Watts, Laura. 2016. “Smart Power Flows at the Island Edge.” European Marine Energy Centre. March 24, 2016. http://www.emec.org.uk/smart-power-flows-at-the-island-edge/.
Mann, Anna, and Laura Watts. 2016. “Letters from Wanna Wonder and the Electric Nemesis.” EASST Review 35 (4). https://easst.net/issue/easst-review-volume-354-december-2016/.
Ehn, Pelle, Lucy Suchman, and Laura Watts. 2014. “Prologue.” In Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy, by Pelle Ehn, Elisabet Nilsson, and Richard Topgaard. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. http://mitp-content-server.mit.edu:18180/books/content/sectbyfn?collid=books_pres_0&fn=Prologue_Intros_11_5_14_0.pdf&id=9874.

Poetry

Watts, Laura. 2017. “Pelamis Wave Energy Machine: A Museum Exhibit.” Cultural Anthropology Our Electric H₂O, Theorizing the Contemporary (December). https://culanth.org/fieldsights/our-electric-h%E2%82%82o.
Watts, Laura. 2017. “The Draukie’s Tale: Origin Myth for Wave Energy.” In Energy Humanities: An Anthology, edited by Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. https://sand14.com/the-draukies-tale-poem-published-in-anthology/.
Watts, Laura. 2016. “This Is Not a Poem (This Is an STS Problem).” In 4S/EASST (Conference Paper). Barcelona. https://sand14.com/archive/papers/watts_thisisnotapoem.pdf.
Finlay, Alec, and Laura Watts. 2015. Ebban an’ Flowan. Edinburgh: Morning star. https://sand14.com/ebban-an-flowan-a-primer-for-marine-renewable-energy/.
Watts, Laura. 2012. “Two Pebbles and a Poem: The Landscapes of the Mobile Telecoms Industry.” Canadian Journal of Communication 37 (1). https://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/2490.
Watts, Laura. 2011. “Their Use Is Wholly Unknown.” In Shadows of Our Ancestors: Poems from the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, edited by Yvonne Gray. Stromness: Braga Press. https://sand14.com/poem-from-the-heart-of-neolithic-orkney/.
Watts, Laura. 2010. “Mam Tor Transect, The Dragon’s Back.” In White Peak, Dark Peak, edited by Alec Finlay. Edinburgh: Morning Star. https://sand14.com/white-peak-dark-peak/.