Lukas Ross, a Fellow at the Oakland Institute, is interested in biofuels, the global palm industry, and the role of finance in large scale land investment deals. He received an MA in International Relations and Film Studies from the University of St. Andrews and an MPhil in Politics from Cambridge University. Prior to joining the Oakland Institute as an Intern Scholar, he researched worker-owned cooperatives and other alternative economic models at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
At the Institute, he is investigating the nascent demand for aviation biofuel. Building upon the Oakland Institute's previous work on land deals in Africa, he now hopes to explore how similar themes of commodification and dispossession are increasingly relevant to the politics of land in the US. Eventually he plans to begin a PhD on the function of corporate social responsibility initiatives in the oil producing regions of South Sudan.