I am a social anthropologist with a particular focus on the circumpolar North. I have carried out extensive anthropological research and fieldwork in Greenland, Canada, Finland, Scotland and Alaska, but have interests in other places too. My areas of specific concern cover, but are not confined to, the anthropology and environmental history of weather and climate; environmental change and resource use issues in rural and coastal communities; the anthropology of energy and the extractive industries (including the indigenous and cultural politics of consultation); place, locality, depopulation and migration; the human dimensions of global environmental and sustainability issues; identities and borderlands, geopolitics and resource frontiers. In a broad sense, I am interested in understanding human-environment relations, especially within a context of historical and contemporary environmental changes which affect livelihoods, human engagement with the environment, resource use and development at multiple and interrelated levels.


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