Penny is Professor of Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. She is also Professor II in the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Penny has done long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Peru on the politics of knowledge, materiality and representation. Her published work focuses on (mis)communication, technology, infrastructure, expertise and the modern state. She currently leads The Beam research project on Holistic Decommissioning in the Nuclear Reprocessing Industry. Recent publications include Roads: An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise (with H. Knox) Cornell University Press, 2015; and Infrastructures and Social Complexity (edited with Jensen and Morita), Routledge, 2017.
A collaboration between The University of Manchester and National Nuclear Laboratory, this project will design what is known as a ‘hybrid forum’.