Francesco Gerali

Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
20152018
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Personal profile

Biography

09/1993 – 07/1998
Diploma of Educator, Lyceum of Social Sciences and Education, La Spezia, Italy.

10/2001 – 10/2003
BA in Modern History (honours), University of Genoa, Italy.

10/2003 – 10/2005
MA in Tools and Methods for the Historical Research (honours), University of Genoa, Italy.

02/2006 – 04/2009
PhD. in History of Science, University of Bari, Italy.

Funding overview

Commonwealth Endeavour Fellowship Program 2015

Previous positions

Post doctoral fellow, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Current projects

The main purpose of my research proposal is to survey the most significant episodes in the development of the Australian oil industry during the late 19th and the early 20th century. My goal is to outline a framework in which to place the facts, the people, and the conditions involved in the transition of petroleum in Australia from a mineral of secondary importance to the object of a targeted mining policy. The commonly held historical view presents Australia as a country with no substantial oil deposits, and therefore distant from the methods, tools and patterns of the big oil industry. The image of the global oil industry, however, cannot be based only on the oil history case of big producer/exporter countries, but should also include the stories of the much more numerous small producer-countries, which were often not self-sufficient. Australia is an original oil industry case history, from which I am looking to gather a set of data and information that will enhance further comparative studies on the history of petroleum and the geosciences in the world.

Research

Francesco researches on the history of science focusing on the scientific and technological development of the modern oil industry. He aims to bring his scholarship on petroleum history into the recently opened research field Energy History, which bears a new multidisciplinary pattern of interpretation - history of environment, business and science - on the production and the utilization of energetic resources in the past centuries.

Francesco’s methodology considers the merging of hard sciences (i.e. geology and engineering) and humanities to interpret and translate complex scientific concepts to converge then into interdisciplinary analysis for the understanding of the meaning of the making oil in the past and the subsequent maturation of the today Oil Society.

Francesco currently hold a Commonwealth Endeavour Program Fellowship and he is working at the history department of the University of Western Australia on the project Preliminary study on the inception of the modern Australian oil industry.

Languages

Italian (mother)
English (full proficiency)
Spanish (full proficiency)
French (reading)
Portuguese (reading)

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Review article
1 Citation (Scopus)

Historical study of geosciences and engineering in the oilfields of the Emilia-Romagna region in the socio-economic context of post-Unitarian Italy (1861-1914)

Gerali, F., Macini, P. & Mesini, E., 30 May 2018, Geological Society Special Publication no. 465: History of the European oil and gas industry. Craig, J., Gerali, F., Macaulay, F. & Sorkhabi, R. (eds.). London: Geological Society of London, Vol. 465. p. 305-332 28 p. (Geological Society Special Publication; vol. 465, no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

oil industry
engineering
Economics
oil
oil well
2 Citations (Scopus)

Maiella, an oil massif in the Central Apennines ridge of Italy: Exploration, production and innovation in the oil fields of Abruzzo across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Gerali, F. & Lipparini, L., 25 May 2018, Geological Society Special Publication. 1 ed. London: Geological Society of London, Vol. 465. p. 275-303 29 p. (Geological Society Special Publication; vol. 465, no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

bitumen
Oil fields
nineteenth century
twentieth century
oil field

“Dighe di pece e di asfalto”: Bitumen exploitation history in the Abruzzo region (Central Italy) across the 20th century

Lipparini, L., Gerali, F. & Bencini, R., 1 Mar 2018, In : Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana. 44, p. 58-63 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

bitumen
history
hydrocarbon
self sufficiency
industrial development
oil production
hydrocarbon
oil
history
entrepreneur
1 Citation (Scopus)

Gushers, science and luck: Everette Lee DeGolyer and the Mexican oil upsurge, 1909-19

Gerali, F. & Riguzzi, P., 2017, In : Geological Society Special Publication. 442, 1, p. 413-424 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

oil
Oil bearing formations
Crude oil
petroleum
entrepreneur