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Marianna Betti

Associate Professor
  • E-mailMarianna.Betti@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

The tentative title of the PhD thesis is “Oil and the Logics of Expectation and Trust in Turkana”.


In this PhD study, I propose to investigate the complex encounter of the different groups who are involved in the recent discovery of hydrocarbons in Turkana, Northern Kenya. I will also map the attitudes of Turkana people in light of the allure of oil development, their expressions of hope, worry and trust. Inspired by previous research in the region, I will explore if traditional social norms continue to inform the social behaviors, livelihood strategies and mechanisms of survival of Turkana people when confronted with the inevitable socio-economic controversies which oil might stir. I will examine if these strategies become more evident when they confront extraneous sets of logics like those of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and religious groups, the Kenyan State apparatus and the oil company operating in Turkana, Tullow.

The study has the potential for practical impact too. It will identify if there are individual or social actions, enterprises or movements that have the potential to create trust, knowledge and strengthen community ties to help Turkana people survive and protect themselves, and, at the same time, contribute and even benefit from the new oil development in their region.



Betti, Marianna
Health and Well-being along the Shores of Lake Turkana. MAGic Conference, Sussex 2015; 2015-09-09 - 2015-09-11

Betti, Marianna
Right to Work and Rights at Work: egalitarian practices and paradoxes in Italy in a time of crisis. Second ISP-workshop: The Anthropology of Uncertainty; 2014-10-30 - 2014-10-31

Betti, Marianna.

Endurance and Social Growth among sedenterized Turkana. EASA2012. Nanterre 2012; 2012.07.10-2012.07.13


Fall 2014 Teaching assistant AFR1012 “Anthropology of Africa: regional perspectives”, NTNU

Spring 2011 Teaching assistant SANT215 “Comparative Ethnography” and SANT220 «Anthropology, Intervention and Development», UiB.

Fall 2010 Teaching assistant SV100 “Sociological Approaches”, SANT104 «Culture, Meaning and Communication», and SANT105 «Expressions and Disguises of Power».UiB.

Fall 2004 Teaching assistant ANTHRO8-1 «Introduction to Anthropology». UCLA.


  • 2015. Health and Well-being along the Shores of Lake Turkana.
  • 2015. Health and Well-being along the Shores of Lake Turkana.
Academic lecture
  • 2016. Turkana's enduring struggle for well-being.
  • 2014. Right to Work and Values at Work: Italian Expetations and Paradoxes in the Economic Crisis.
  • 2014. Right to Work and Rights at Work: egalitarian practices and paradoxes in Italy in a time of crisis.
Book review
  • 2020. "In the Time of Energy, it is Time to Make Place for Energy in Cultural Production." Book review of Imre Szeman (2019). On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, and Energy. West Virginia University Press. Anthropology Book Forum.
  • 2019. The Academic Legacy of a Concerned Anthropologist. Review of Contrarian Anthropology. The Unwritten Rules of Academia by Laura Nader. Public Anthropologist.
Masters thesis
  • 2020. The Appreciated Other: Ideals of revitalization through integration.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2018. What lies below: the politics of resource conflict in Turkana, Kenya. 18 pages.
  • 2018. Well-Being, Healthcare, and Development in Turkana: Pre- and Post-Devolution. 24 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Betti, Marianna
«Report Workshop: a position paper». Trondheim: NTNU 2013 10 s. 

Betti, Marianna; Haram, Liv
The Hot Lava Edge of Cultural Flows; Annotated Bibliography. Trondheim: NTNU 2013 62 s. 

Betti, Marianna
The Children of Eve. Change and Socialization Among Sedentarized Turkana Children and Youth. Bergen: Institutt for sosialantropologi, Universitetet i Bergen 2010 100 s.