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Fellows 2014

Andrew Eberle

Arctic Ambassador, Polar Bears International

United States, Germany

The Arctic, while physically far-removed from the average person's daily life, is a critical component of the global ecosystem and economic system which has real impacts on people worldwide. It is of utmost importance that this region not be an afterthought in the minds of policymakers, professionals, and consumers, as this century will only bring greater likelihood of conflicts within the Arctic. In order to prevent or mitigate these economic, environmental, cultural, and security conflicts, we must be engaged in meaningful outreach to stakeholders and the general public, passing on information about recent events and the latest research in the Far North. I look forward to engaging with all of these issues in the 2013 Arctic Summer College.

Arne Riedel

Legal Researcher & Lawyer, Ecologic Institute


Recent developments at the last Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Kiruna as well as in other international fora such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) show an interesting trend: The cooperation of several Arctic states with a specific agenda (oil/gas, shipping) seems to intensify while - at the same time - the possible participation of newly admitted observers widens the range of future partners. This could open up new opportunities of cooperation and discussions on sustainable development within the Arctic region. This requires, however, an open discussion led by the Arctic states that neither excludes development interests of Arctic communities nor scientific research, also with a view towards environmental protection.

Brooks A. Kaiser

Professor MSO, University of Southern Denmark

United States, Denmark

I want to expand the discussion on the management and use of Arctic resources to include more environmental and natural resource economists, and to join these academics up with resource managers and policy makers for better interaction and feedback. Now that much primary natural science has extensively defined the area’s resources and the changes in the resources, as well as our access to them, that are occurring due to climate change, it is vital that social scientists, with insights into resource governance, integrate this scientific knowledge with understanding of human behavior and incentives, and share their regional experience and expertise in managing these resources with each other and with resource users and decision-makers. The ambition is to not only advance understanding and create new direction in research, but also produce viable ecosystem based sustainable management solutions in the Arctic.

Dan Slavik

Senior Officer, Beaufort Sea Program, WWF-Canada


I consider myself fortunate to be living in the Arctic at a time when traditional knowledge of Inuit and modern science and technology can bring together the greatest wisdom to understand the unique Arctic ecosystem and take collaborative action in a time of rapid and significant social and ecological change. Engaging northerners as researchers and building on community based research partnership, builds local capacity and improves the dialogue between scientists and northern communities. My favorite African proverb is “All of us is smarter than one of us”, and by combining traditional and local knowledge with that of scientific knowledge, will be able to provide the needed knowledge and data required to make decisions within a rapidly changing and dynamic Arctic.


Dave Walsh

Communications Advisor - International Polar Foundation, Pew Trusts

Ireland, Belgium

As an a communications advisor, writer and photographer, I spent my time working on polar and environmental issues, and taking part in expeditions to remote parts of the Arctic. The concept of a sustainable Arctic is neither simple nor static - we must define what we mean sustainable before proceeding at all - hoping for the best when drilling for oil, is not a sustainable approach. During the Arctic Summer College, I hope to gain new perspectives on how sustainability is perceived by people working and living in the Arctic, and from those who work on Arctic issues elsewhere. 

Deborah Zabarenko

Environment Correspondent, Reuters News

United States

For most people on Earth, the Arctic is a faraway "Up There" region they will never see. But its image seems to be shifting from exotic and remote to essential and central for commerce, transport, environmental sustainability, and security. That was clear at the latest Arctic Council meeting, where heavy-hitting powers like China, with no direct access to the Arctic, clamored for, and got, a seat at the Arctic table. This may be the one place on the planet where a changing climate will utterly alter the way the rest of the world perceives a wide swath of territory. As an environmental journalist, I see the Arctic as one of this century's hottest stories.

Drummond Fraser

Arctic Shipping Policy Analyst, Transport Canada (Marine Safety & Security)


I view the Arctic Summer College as a truly unique opportunity to interact with a diverse group of individuals united by a shared interest in prudent governance of the Arctic.  More specifically, the knowledge acquired from participation in the Arctic Summer College will contribute to improving my overall understanding and approach to Arctic shipping management both domestically within Canada and regionally within the context of the Arctic Council. As a representative of Canada’s delegation to the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group, it is my hope that dialogue with other Fellows will benefit from this experience and that my approach to sustainable Arctic governance will be strengthened from this interaction - particularly as Canada embarks on its 2013-2015 Arctic Council Chairmanship.

Elizabeth Tedsen

Arctic Summer College Coordinator, Ecologic Institute

United States

The rapid changes underway in the Arctic region are creating numerous complex and fast-moving challenges. Cooperation can help bridge information and communication gaps and enhance capacities to mitigate and respond to these changes. Networks such as the Arctic Summer College play an important role in knowledge and relationship building and can form a foundation for effective, inclusive, and sustainable governance and environmental protection.

Golo M. Bartsch

PhD Candidate, Bielefeld University; Associate, Ecologic Institute


In past years, the discourse on Northern geopolitics and security was dominated by narratives of ‘gold rush’, ‘race’, and ‘militarization’, and sometimes still is today. With the latest research on the Arctic, we have a far more differentiated picture by now. The question remains: Is there already something we can learn from the North about the future relationship of climate change and security in the Western hemisphere?

Jennifer L. Mercer

Projects Manager, US National Science Foundation/ALEX Alternative Experts LLC

United States

Expansion into the Arctic is unavoidable, but responsible expansion with sustainable development is achievable if we act now.


Kathrin Keil

Ph.D. Candidate, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS); Europe Director, The Arctic Institute


I have just finished my PhD dissertation on ‘Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic – The Cases of Energy, Shipping and Fishing’, which focuses on international politics and international institutions, analysing the likelihood of confrontational state behaviour as a function of the existing institutional framework. I am looking forward to discussing the findings of my research work as well as exploring new research areas and topics, for which the Arctic Summer College offers an ideal platform. The key thematic areas to be discussed during the College fit perfectly with my own research program, especially diplomacy and governance, energy and resources, fisheries, security, and transport. I am currently working on new research project ideas concerning especially Arctic geopolitics and ecosystem-based management as a new governance approach for the Arctic region.

Linda Fernandez

Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Economics and Center of Environmental Studies

United States

A necessary direction of research to help the Arctic involves analyzing economic strategies for joint governance decisionmaking with integrative modeling and empirical application with natural resource data to protect and sustain Arctic resources. My research on transboundary environmental management and natural resource protection in marine and coastal ecosystems includes analyzing economic incentives to prevent invasive species in vectors of maritime shipping and aquarium trade as well as habitat protection strategies. The research has influenced policy decisions at state, national and trinational levels for coastal and offshore resource management surrounding North America.

Maura Farrell

Research Associate, The Arctic Institute

United States, France

In the absence of truly global environmental policy the importance of regional coordination is paramount.  A next step would be to ensure other stakeholders such as corporations, local interest groups, and environmental NGOs are also included in the institutional infrastructure in some way.  Establish the linkages first, create an inclusive space for dialogue, and there is a much greater chance of success.


Maya Gold

Senior Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


I recently had a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel onboard a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker transiting what was an essentially ice free Northwest Passage. Seeing the profound impacts that climate change is already having there really drove home to me the urgent need for Arctic State governments to act quickly to ensure effective regulation of shipping and resource development in the region. Through the Arctic Summer College program I hope to learn from others their perspectives on the many emerging challenges in the region and how we can all work to ensure a sustainable Arctic into the future.

Pauline Gerrard

Online Learning and Training Coordinator, International Institute for Sustainable Development


I believe that a strong and sustainable Arctic is going to require networked governance systems in which communities are part of the decision making process and ecological values are considered as an integral part of planning.  In Canada in particular there is also a need to support youth capacity and shared learning across the north. In a region where over half of the population is under 30, young people are going to play a large role in the transition to a more sustainable future and need to be given opportunities for leadership, respect and growth. 

Stefan Steinicke

Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)


In order to ensure an effective and sustainable Arctic governance architecture the central role of the Arctic Council member states and permanent participants has to be preserved. At the same time non-Arctic actors (states, international organizations, private sector companies and NGO´s) have legitimate interests in the future development of the region, too. Today´s emerging governance structure has to take into account the role and interests of both sides in order to ensure a stable political climate.


Terence M. Toland

Research Associate, Europe Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

United States

I have had the opportunity to engage the Arctic policy community and conduct extensive research on the Arctic region while working for CSIS.  This work has included a primary focus on the evolving economics, geopolitics, and security of the region.  I am very much looking forward to learning from the Arctic Summer College’s expert speakers and fellows to strengthen my understanding of the interrelated and multifaceted dynamics at play in the Arctic.  I am particularly interested in issues of Arctic governance and the role of the Arctic Council, and I look forward to learning more about the dramatic ecological and environmental changes taking place north of the 66th parallel.

Thibaud Henin

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon

Canada, United States

The most prominent threats to the Arctic are not interstate, but those which involve the human security of indigenous peoples.  Arctic governance institutions need to have inclusive, deliberative, consensus based policy-making mechanisms.  My research has focused on the design of Arctic institutions, how to balance internal and external determinants to policy making, shipping governance, and the human security of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. I have had the pleasure of being part of the past two Arctic Summer Colleges.  Each session yielded new avenues, networks and ideas for research, and I hope new collaborations will emerge this year.


Wilfried Eckstein

Director, Goethe-Institut Washington DC

Germany, United States

The sphere in which I work - arts, culture and education - mirrors our relationship towards nature and our attitudes towards production and consumption. It can also serve as a powerful positive force, interpreting and shaping our interactions with the environment. Dialoguing with researchers and utilizing their findings (photos, audio recordings, insights), my project will engage in a lively dialogue with traditional knowledge, memories, and attitudes towards nature, and in the process generate a renewed public awareness about the conditions of nature and the economy. The rapid change in natural conditions and the radical altering of nature demands that we as a culture take stock of the role nature plays in our living and working conditions. We at the Goethe-Institut, a network of 150 institutes in 94 countries, have been concerned about ecological issues for more than thirty years. Climate change’s impact on culture has become an issue of concern for us this past decade. For example, the Goethe-Institut has selected the topic of  melting of glaciers to be a focus for arts (The Glacier Music project in Asia, and cultural reflection (Greenland music and narrative).