Eric holds a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, and an MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London (UCL). Eric’s research interests are currently focused on the role of the extractives industry on the social production of resources, and the role that the mutual effect of human/nonhuman interaction has on the shaping of resources as viable or non-viable methods of energy production. Eric has undertaken research in field sites as diverse as the Andes in the Central Highlands of Ecuador and the depths of Europe's largest closed mining pit in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland. He once stepped on a bear trap, and was chased out of a forest by a herd of cows, and is insistent that these two events do not give an overall accurate account of who he is as a person.