University of Washington

2013-2014 Arctic Research Fellows

We are pleased to announce the UW Arctic Research Fellows for 2013-14 as part of UW's Future of Ice. The objectives of the fellowships are to foster innovative research projects that strengthen area studies at the UW and build research linkages across disciplines, particularly between the natural and social sciences and the humanities.

The Arctic Research Fellowships are supported by funding from an Arts and Sciences Grant, "Re-Imagining Area & International Studies in the 21st Century," awarded to the Canadian Studies Program, Program on Climate Change and Atmospheric Sciences. Other contributing partners include the Center for West European Studies, Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Center for Global Studies, and East Asia Center (all in the Jackson School), Anthropology, Scandinavian Studies, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Oceanography, and the Quaternary Research Center.

Mellon Grant Project Final Report – July 2014

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015-16 - Deadline: 20 January 2015

We will soon be accepting proposals for the Arctic Research Fellowship! Fellowships for UW graduate students will be valued at $5,000 each.
Application will be coming out soon. 
See attachment for more information.

Steering Committee

Jody Deming, Oceanography
Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies
Ben Fitzhugh, Anthropology
Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and Canadian Studies
Terje Lerien, Scandinavian Studies

Arctic Research Fellows at the first Research Symposium!

Arctic Fellows

Linda Cuadra, Southeast Asian Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Research project: Strange Neighbors: Singapore and the Arctic Council
Faculty advisor: Anand Yang, Jackson School
The research will consider whether this unique forum (The Arctic Council) and the potential shift of power within it provide opportunities for a small but financially important state to relate in new ways with global geopolitics.

Joshua Griffin, Anthropology 
Research project: Rethinking Arctic Vulnerability: Transdisciplinary Praxis, Climate Adaptation, and Composing a Common World in Northwest Alaska
Faculty advisor: Sven Haakanson, Anthropology/Burke Museum
Drawing on two years of collaboration between the Iñupiaq community of Kivalina and the Re-Locate Project (, this paper evaluates existing social science, legal, and representational frameworks of human climate vulnerability in the Arctic and proposes a compositional transdisciplinary praxis rooted in ethnography, critical legal theory, and social arts.

Michael Hank, Evans School of Public & International Affairs
Research project: Comparative Arctic Policy Analysis between sub-National Governments of Alaska and Quebec
Faculty advisor: Joël Plouffe, l’Université de l’administration publique, Montréal, Québec
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The thesis and problem statement for this project paper is how will Alaska and Quebec implement their northern development and infrastructure plans through coordinated projects while maintaining governance and social equity for all inhabitants with the cooperation and assistance of the Indigenous people?

Jessica McGrath, Marine & Environmental Affairs
Research project: Evaluating Arctic State Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management Recommendations Supported by the Arctic Council: Norway, Canada, and the US
Faculty advisor: Nives Dolsak & David Fluharty, Marine & Environment Affairs
This research project will provide a comparative study and evaluation of Norway, Canada, and the US, three key State leaders in Arctic governance, and their implementation of Arctic Council Recommendations regarding Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) since 2009.

Brandon Ray, Atmospheric Science
Joint research project with Brit Sojka: The Triple Point of Arctic Change: Integrating the Influence of Inuit Leadership, Climate Change Science and International Policymaking
Faculty advisor: Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies
This project focuses on how the narratives surrounding major climate change reports—from Inuit leaders and the international climate change science and policy communities—are reshaping Arctic identities, the design of Arctic research, and Arctic environmental policy.

Britteni Sojka, Marine & Environmental Affairs 
Joint research project with Brandon Ray (see above).

Nathan Stackpoole, Japan Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Research project: The New Observers: East Asian Policy in the Arctic Circle
Faculty Advisors: Don Hellmann, Jackson School & Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
With recent admission to the Arctic Council the countries of China, Japan, and South Korea are showing a great deal of interest in the Arctic Circle. With increased spending on climate change research, and investment in collection of the Arctic's maritime resources. This paper focuses on the policies of these new observers in the Arctic Council and how they will influence the emerging geopolitical region of the Arctic.

Jason Young, Geography
Research project: Framing Environmental Management: An Exploratory Analysis of Technological Empowerment in the Arctic
Faculty advisor: Sarah Elwood, Geography
This research project examines what types of discursive strategies Canadian Inuit and environmentalist groups use in representing environmental management of polar bears, in order to better understand how online politics and inequalities affect how the Arctic is represented to broader global audiences.

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