Oxford University Arctic Research Forum

Past Event

31 January 2014, 10:30am - 6:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This event is a collaboration between the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship

The Arctic is currently experiencing very fast physical and biological rates of change, with direct effects not only on regional and global atmosphere, oceans, and ecosystems, but also on regional and global societies and economies.

This daylong Oxford University Arctic Research Forum will provide a meeting point for all University of Oxford researchers working in the Arctic (more than 40 between professors, lecturers, and post-doctorate fellows), enhancing their connection and awareness, and offering discussions on possible feedbacks, collaborations, and initiatives on Arctic Research within the university. At the end of this day, participants will have a clear idea of the width and depth of Arctic-related research conducted at the University.

This event aims at being highly interdisciplinary, and it is open to anyone at the University performing research in Arctic-related topics. So far, Arctic research is being performed in Oxford in the Departments of Earth Sciences, Physics, Geography, Zoology (including WildCRU), Economics, Politics and International Relations, Mathematics, The Smith School, International Development, Archaeology, and Modern History.

The planned schedule is to have 10-15 minute talks per researcher/research group, plus 5 minutes for questions interspersed with lunch/coffee/drinks.


  • 09.30 Arrival, refreshments available
  • 09.50 Opening remarks by Dr Marc Macias-Fauria, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship
  • 10.00 Keeping the Arctic “Cold”: the rise of plurilateral diplomacy? by Corneliu Bjola, Department of International Development
  • 10.15 Arctic ocean chemistry by Professor Gideon Henderson, Oxford Martin School Expert
  • 10.28 Understanding the dynamics of the Arctic Ocean by Camille Lique, Department of Earth Sciences
  • 10.41 Physical Modelling of Ice-Ocean Interaction by Andrew Wells, Department of Physics
  • 10.54 Geochemistry of the Arctic Ocean and Siberia by Don Porcelli, Department of Earth Sciences
  • 11.15 Coffee Break
  • 11.30 Might soil nutrients provide a limit to Arctic greening? by Dr Elizabeth Jeffers, James Martin Fellow, Biodiversity Institute
  • 11.43 Ecological processes and sea ice: a Holocene view by Dr Marc Macias-Fauria, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship
  • 12.00 Arctic Alphabets: A Poetic Response to the Polar Regions by Nancy Campbell, Visual and Performing Artist in Residence, Lady Margaret Hall
  • 12.13 Dis/connections: traditional Inuit knowledges, contemporary narratives, and Inuit engagement with historic museum collections by Astrid Knight, Department of Anthropology
  • 12.26 Circumpolar Land Use and Ethnicity (CLUE): Social Responses to Environmental Change by Thomas Thornton, Environmental Change Institute
  • 12.45 Geographies and geopolitics of Arctic science by Richard Powell, School of Geography and the Environment
  • 12.30 Michael Dangerfield and Brice Perombelon, School of Geography and the Environment
  • 12:55 Local hopes and expectations in Greenland's emerging oil economy by Nina Doering, School of Geography and the Environment
  • 13:00 Extracting Greenland’s future. Greenland’s mining sector and the role of international labour convention in advancing indigenous rights by Michael Dangerfield, School of Geography and the Environment
  • 13:05 Geopolitical Arctic(s). Prioritizing indigenous representations of geo-power: the case of the Sahtu Denes, Canada by Brice Perombelon, School of Geography and the Environment
  • 13:10 Technology, Resources, and War: The Geopolitical Position of Greenland in 20th Century Global Conflicts by Dawn Berry, North American Studies Programme at St. Antony's College
  • 13.30 Lunch (Sandwiches provided)
  • 14:15 The Polar Center at Penn State, Fostering understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the Polar Regions through outreach, education, and research by Pernille Sporon Bøving, Outreach Coordinator with Post lab & The Polar Center, Penn State University
  • 14:30 DISCUSSION
  • 15:30 Drinks reception

All welcome, please register above.