University Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Michael’s research examines a wide range of issues in history and public policy relating to the Polar Regions, in particular the challenge to enable alternative postcolonial framings of northern spaces to be articulated the dominant political frameworks. In June 2014, he launched with his Canadian partners an online atlas, http://paninuittrails.org, of Inuit trails spanning the Canadian Arctic drawing on maps drawn by Inuit from land claims and historical encounter literature. The atlas is linked to a project to examine what the concept of an ‘indigenous region’ means for Inuit who live on and around the waters of Canada’s High Arctic including the Northwest Passage. Michael’s books include Narrating the Arctic (2002, ed. with S. Sörlin) and Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy (2011, ed. with N. Triscott).