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Fellows 2016

Angela Nuliayok Rudolph


Arctic Policy Major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

Citizen of Canada


I am an Inuk from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. The Arctic is more than an experience or interest of mine; it is my home. The very existence and survival of my culture and people, the Inuit, comes from the Arctic. I have dedicated my life and academic career to understanding the Arctic and the role it plays in my life and the lives of my fellow Inuit. I am interested in the effect politics has on Inuit and what role we can play in those politics. I am passionate about finding a place for Inuit to play a meaningful role in the development of Arctic politics. The events that happen in the Arctic will have a deep impact on the lives of Inuit and it is important that we build capacity to be able to work within it, so that we can drive change that is beneficial to the lives of Inuit and our fellow Arctic inhabitants.


Carol Devine


Humanitarian Advisor

Médecins Sans Frontières, Canada

Canadian and independent researcher


I am a global and earth health activist and researcher who’s worked for the majority of my career as a medical humanitarian. I can’t help but see of parallels in health challenges in the global North as in some low and middle-income countries in the global south such as access to health care, impact of climate change, remote medicine and decentralized and adapted community health responses. I also have a love for polar regions, led a small volunteer clean up expedition to the Antarctic in collaboration with The Russian Antarctic Expedition and spent years reading and writing about the Antarctic as a social scientist. Now I’m looking North and have started learning about circumpolar health and wellbeing for some four million people living in the Arctic. I’m keen to join the Arctic Summer College to increase my knowledge of policy, ecology, economic, governance, indigenous rights and other current issues in the Arctic region and to contribute by investigating and sharing a picture of circumpolar health concerns and responses today.

Daria Shapovalova


PhD candidate, School of Law,

University of Aberdeen, UK

Citizen of Ukraine


In my research, I am trying to test whether international law is an adequate and appropriate tool to protect the Arctic environment and for that reason, I need knowledge not only of the law but of Arctic peoples and cultures, ecosystems, and pollutants. As a legal scholar, I believe law has an important role to play in the development of the region. However, any policies adopted must reconcile with the view of Arctic inhabitants and not endanger circumpolar species. I believe Arctic issues must be studied with a multi-disciplinary perspective because changes in the region are so rapid and diverse.


Dr. Sina Muster


Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Citizen of Germany


Arctic Policy Many of the changes in the Arctic system that we witness today may not be reversible and will have long lasting effects on not only the Arctic ecosystems but also on the communities, both locally and globally. Arctic climate change is generated by the industrialized countries and will ultimately feed back to them. In my opinion, a transdisciplinary approach is needed to develop adaptation strategies that benefit both natural systems and societies. Experts from academia, the public, and the civil sector need to overcome traditional boundaries and thought patterns in order to find fair and sustainable solutions in the Arctic.


Edvard Glücksman


Senior Environmental & Social Specialist

Wardell Armstrong + External Stakeholder Afficilate at University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Citizen of Sweden


Business ventures in the Arctic pose both risks and opportunities for people living in the region. My work in corporate social responsibility sets out the business case for sustainability, aiming to ensure that development projects, both in the Arctic and elsewhere, contribute positively to affected communities. I look forward to the network of contacts and experience gained from this year’s Arctic Summer College!

Freja C. Eriksen


M.A. Candidate in Journalism Media and Globalization

Universität Hamburt & Aarhus Universitet

Citizen of Denmark


Greenland, with its melting ice caps and polar bears, has been physically and symbolically central to global narratives of anthropogenic climate change since the emergence of this discourse. The Arctic nation's human inhabitants, however, remain astonishingly underrepresented in media coverage and academic research. How Greenlanders themselves make snese of climate change and its impacts - through media and personal experience - is thus a question largely left unanswered. My wish is to shed light on the Greenlandic discourses of climate change.


Jean-Pierre Ferdinand Lanckman


Senior Data Manager, Arctic Portal, Iceland


The Arctic is one of the largest untouched resource area on Earth while experiencing the strongest projected temperature change. Thus, global attention and awareness of changes in boreal regions extended from scientific interest to economy and policy, associated with growing needs of innovative initiatives that contribute sustainably to reusable methods and improved global networks and research and data infrastructures.



Jessica Rohde


Web Manager / Project Coordinator at the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, United States

Citizen of the United States


My professional goal to enhance international communication on Arctic research and policy issues will be greatly enhanced by the opportunity to expand my networks to include individuals from various sectors through the 2016 Arctic Summer College program.


Kirasheva Natalia Ivanovna


Masters student, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

Citizen of the Russian Federation


The traditional environmental management of indigenous peoples in Arctic regions is based on the sparing relation to the environment and the foundation of the existence of these people. It's supported by the religious and cultural traditions promoting preservation of a condition of habitat which is favorable for economic activity. Nowadays, there is the steady tendency of including the elements of traditional environmental management of indigenous people into tourism programs, which is of great interest to me.


Leonardo Parigi


Journalist at The Media Telegraph, Italy

Citizen of Italy


I want to use as best as I can the knowledge gained from this experience to improve my understanding of shipping and defense for my job. Arctic issues in Italy are considered “exotic” because they seem to be far away from national interests, but they are not. I want to increase my knowledge about what is going on in the Arctic to better understand future developments and dangers that are relevant to my country and beyond.


Mary F. Ehrlander


Director, Arctic & Northern Studies Program and Professor of History

University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

Citizen of the United States


I am concerned with the high rates of sexual violence in the north, especially in small remote communities. Some researchers suggest that colonial histories and marginalization of Indigenous peoples explains the high sexual assault rates. Others point to more recent disruptions to traditional lifeways that have robbed men of their prestigious role as hunters and providers. Others blame alcohol abuse. Still others note the small size of remote rural communities, the lack of law enforcement, and the family ties that discourage victims from reporting these crimes and leave them suffering in silence. Likely multiple interrelated conditions contribute to the high rates of sexual violence against both children and adults.


Melina Kourantidou


Department of Environmental and Business Economics

University of Southern Denmark

Citizen of Greece


My research focuses on the effects induced by the recent ecological and related socioeconomic changes taking place in the Arctic ecosystems and particularly in the Arctic marine environment. I specialize in stewardship issues of Arctic marine resources threatened by marine invasive species as a result of the many economic and ecological changes developing in the region. Along with the growing human activity and the worldwide climate change effects, there arises a severe risk for future invasions and their ecological and economic consequences for pristine Arctic waters.


Meredith LaValley


MS Candidate in Environmental Policy at Bard College and intern at IARPC, United States

Citizen of the United States


During my Master's coursework I have focused on Arctic issues ranging from changing opportunities in natural resource development to the integration of IK and scientific research. Currently I am interested in the possibility of empowering Native women through the need for their IK. I am also interested in the impact of climate change on the mental health of Arctic residents.


Mikayla Duarte


B.S. Meteorology Major at Northland College, United States

Citizen of the United States


In addition to many other things, the Arctic has a huge impact on the meteorology of the entire world. I have always been interested in cold weather patterns as I have spent most of my undergraduate career studying lake effect snow and have lived on Lake Superior. As such, participating in this program would contribute to my interest in cold weather climates by exposing me to beneficial information about climate change and the environment to complement my major. While helping to enrich my cold weather knowledge, the program will add additional insights into the non-weather aspects of the Arctic climate.


Nadia French


PhD candidate, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Citizen of the Russian Federation


Having been born in Siberia, I am not researching the High North at the University of Birmingham, UK, specifically on how different tiers of regionalisation of the Arctic affect the environmental governeance in a specific locale within the Russian Arctic. The Russian Arctic that occupies over a third of the total Arctic area has become a focal point of Russian politics and development with the Yamal Peninsula representing a point of convergence of different scales of governace and creating an interesting case for further exploration of the contested Arctic futures.


Olga Krylova


MSc Environmental Change and Management, ECI, University of Oxford

World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland

Citizen of the Russian Federation


Participation in the Arctic Summer College is an opportunity to gain additional insights into crosscutting issues related to environmental aspects of cooperation in the Arctic region. This also is an excellent platform to expand professional network and to accelerate writing and publishing materials on relevant issues.


Olivia Mussells


Research Associate, University of Ottawa, Canada

Citizen of Canada


The Arctic is an emerging area of interest where isolation and harsh terrain, while offering beautiful and delicate landscapes, create difficult challenges for the provision of sustainable energy sources. As a region where the effects of climate change are already being felt acutely, sustainable development is important both to reduce carbon emissions as well as to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of northern communities.


Paul E. Bachem


Uni Research Climate, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway

Citizen of Germany


My background is in the research of past climate change in the Arctic region. I find that there is still a distressing lack of communication and connections between the diverse disciplines that deal with earth's environment, and how is handled by humanity. As a geoscientist and climate researcher, it is my great wish to apply my scientific knowledge to the social and economic discussions, as well as the policy debates surrounding the Arctic environment.


Philip Wight


Rose and Irving Crown Fellow and History Ph.D. Candidate

Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Citizen of the United States


The Arctic is a tremendously diverse region that suffers from popular misconceptions and journalistic platitudes. Recent events and debates concerning Arctic energy extraction highlight many journalists’ limited understanding of the deep history of Arctic natural resource development, indigenous communities, and the climatic stabilizing effects of its cryosphere. My fascination with the region comes from a belief that the Arctic is a vital ecosystem and human community that, both ecologically and culturally, is essential for the health of the planet’s biosphere. Arctic Summer College provides me the opportunity to understand the long history behind the contemporary geopolitical struggles surrounding "extractivism", indigenous rights, and environmental protection.  


Sarah-Grace Ross


Communications Officer
Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Citizen of Canada


My primary academic interests concern the participation of Arctic Indigenous peoples in the legal developments that affect their lands, particularly as Arctic and non-Arctic states respond to evolving geopolitics in the region as a result of climate change. My professional background in northern food security, the duty to consult, and treaty negotiations, as well as my experience living and working in Canada’s Arctic, have allowed me to approach Arctic policy with a critical consideration of how it intersects with Indigenous law and culture. Through the Arctic Summer College I hope to deepen my knowledge of the frameworks that advance the protection of Indigenous rights and Arctic land and waters.

Stéphanie Plante


Program Manager

Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Citizen of Sweden and Canada


As the importance of the Arctic becomes more apparent, how can we ensure that the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable are heard in decision-making processes, especially regarding the allocation of resources? And how can we leverage Arctic institutions to help determine best practices from ‘south of 60'?


Supriti Jaya Ghosh


Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System, United States

Citizen of the United States


Arctic stakeholders are in the process of determining the balance between resource use and conservation in the region. Through the Arctic Summer College, I look forward to learning more about and engaging with the priorities of different Arctic stakeholders and understanding how they come together to collectively manage Arctic resources.


Tobias Neuhold


Applied Geosciences Major at the University of Leoben, Austria

Citizen of Austria


I consider doing this program as a marvellous chance to extend my knowledge and, of course, I would be very excited to get to know people doing professional research in the polar environment. I am convinced that my participation is a great opportunity to prepare myself for my favored master´s degree or the profession I will follow later in life. Moreover, I would simply love to grow my interest in the cryosphere once more.


Zdenek Dvorak


Advisor at the Department of Economical Development, Nordland County Council, Norway

Citizen of Slovakia


There is a great need to define sustainable ways of economic development in the Arctic by taking into consideration the environment, climate change and people who are living in the Arctic, both indigenous and local communities. Through participation in this course, I intend to learn more about how this can be done and to get to know best practices from other Arctic countries.