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Clive Archer

Professor Emeritus, Manchester Metropolitan University

Clive Archer was Research Professor in International Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University and served as director of the Manchester European Research Institute until 2009. He has studied and written extensively on Arctic issues, and his research areas are in European integration with special reference to the Nordic area and small states, and the Arctic region. He has been an individual research member of the Oslo-based Geopolitics of the High North research group, and is currently writing up a research project on the U.K.’s interests in the Arctic. His most recent publications include: “International and Regional Regulation of the Arctic. Is there a Role for the European Union?” in Cécile Pelaudeix, Alain Faure & Robert Griffiths (eds.) What holds the Arctic Together? Paris, 2012, “Norway and the United Kingdom in the High North,” in Helge Pharo and Patrick Salmon (eds.) Britain and Norway: special relationships, Oslo, 2012. He is the author of Norway outside the European Union (2005) and publications on Arctic cooperation. His work in the Nordic area has been recognised by honours from the King of Norway and the President of Finland.

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Nelson Graburn

Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley

An Arctic scholar and anthropologist of tourism, Nelson Graburn is emeritus professor of socio-cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley. He taught at Berkeley since 1964 and is a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the Research Committee on Tourism (RC-50) of the International Sociological Association, and the Tourism Studies Working Group, and serves on the editorial board (for anthropology) of Annals of Tourism Research. Prof. Graburn’s recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity. He has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit (and Naskapi) of Canada (and Alaska and Greenland) since 1959. He is now working with the Inuit cultural organizations in Nunavik and Nunavut, Canada, on aspects of cultural preservation and autonomy, and on contemporary Inuit arts, including film and video-making.

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Margaret Johnston

Professor, Lakehead University

An Arctic tourism specialist, Margaret Johnston is Professor at Lakehead University’s School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism. Her background is in Geography and Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on the interactions of people and the environment as they are experienced through recreation and tourism. She is currently involved in research that examines the interaction of tourism change and climate change in the Arctic. She has also been involved in southern polar activities, and has led numerous tourism-focused field trips to the Antarctic a number of times since 1998 in which a major part of the field learning involves students reflecting upon their experiences in a critical way in order to understand the concepts and issues of Antarctic tourism.

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Karen O’Brien

Professor, University of Oslo

Nordic climate-change scholar and governmental advisor Karen O’Brien is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. She shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awared to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is a member of the Norwegian Global Change Committee. She has been working on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation research for the past 20 years. This includes research on the implications of climate change for food security in Mexico, on the relationship between tropical deforestation and climate change, on the use of seasonal climate forecasts in southern Africa, and on the interactions between global environmental change and globalization processes. She is interested in how transdisciplinary and integral approaches to global change research can contribute to a better understanding of how societies both create and respond to change, and in particular how beliefs, values and worldviews influence human responses to climate change.

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