Alexandra Meyer

Affiliation: Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

Svalbard-related projects:

Contact:, +4795064145

I am a social anthropologist from Norway, based at the University of Vienna, Austria. My interests lie within environmental anthropology, societal change, and all things Svalbard. I am currently wrapping up my PhD thesis on how people in Longyearbyen perceive, live with, and adapt to environmental change in the context of socio-economic change, at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. This research was funded by the EU project NUNATARYUK – Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic adaptation, in which I am a project collaborator. Lately I have also been working with values connected to Svalbard’s cultural heritage, as a project collaborator in  the project Polar Climate and Cultural Heritage (PCCH-Arctic). I am committed to building connections and collaborations within the growing field of social sciences on Svalbard, as well as between science and society. I have been a board member of the SSSI since its establishment and am a member of the Social & Human Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee.


  • Meyer, Alexandra (2022). Physical and feasible: Climate change adaptation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Polar Record 58: e29.
  • Sokolíčková, Zdenka, Meyer, Alexandra & Andrian Vlakhov (2022). Changing Svalbard: Tracing interrelated socio-economic and environmental change in remote Arctic settlements. Polar Record, 58: e23.
  • Ramage, Justine, Leneisja Jungsberg, Alexandra Meyer & Susanna Gartler (2022). ‘No longer solid’: perceived impacts of permafrost thaw in three Arctic communities. Polar Geography, 45: 3.
  • Meyer, Alexandra (2022). Urban Development in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Dealing with Local Challenges in a Town that Serves as a Tool for Svalbard Policies. In: Stefan Bauer, Doris Friedrich & Markus Hirnsperger (eds.), More than ‚Nature‘: Research on Infrastructure and Settlements in the North. Wien: New Academic Press.
  • Brode-Roger, Dina, Judan Jasmine Zhang, Alexandra Meyer & Zdenka Sokolíčková (2022). Caught in between and in transit: forced and encouraged (im)mobilities during the Covid-19 pandemic in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. doi:10.1080/04353684.2022.2097937
  • Larsen, Joan Nymand et al. (2021). Thawing Permafrost in Arctic Coastal Communities: A Framework for Studying Risks from Climate Change. Sustainability 13(5).
  • Zhang, Judan Jasmine, Zdenka Sokolíčková, Alexandra Meyer, Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Laura Ferguson, Lisbeth Iversen (2021). “(Un)inhabiting Svalbard: Stories of makings from a transient place in the High Arctic ”, TRANSLOCAL. Culturas Contemporâneas Locais e Urbanas, n.º5 – Espaços (Des)Habitados |
    (Un)Inhabited Spaces, Funchal: UMa-CIERL/CMF/IA.
  • Meyer, Alexandra (2020). Das Anthropozän: Perspektiven aus der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie und ein Fallbeispiel aus der hohen Arktis (The Anthropocene: Perspectives from Social and Cultural Anthropology and an example from the High Arctic). In: Carmen Sippl et al. (eds.), Das Anthropozän lernen und lehren – Theoretische Reflexionen und praktische Beispiele (Teaching and learning the Anthropocene – Theoretical reflections and practical examples). Innsbruck: Studienverlag. Pp. 97-105.
  • Saville, Sam et al. (2020). Social Sciences and Beyond in the Arctic. Eco: Environment Coastal & Offshore. Pp. 126-129.
  • Bartsch, Annett & Alexandra Meyer (2017). Klimawandel in der Arktis: Perspektiven aus den Natur- und Sozialwissenschaften (Climate change in the Arctic: Perspectives from the natural and social sciences). In: Gertrude Saxinger, Peter Schweitzer & Stefan Donecker (eds.), Arktis und Subarktis: Geschichte, Kultur und Gesellschaft (Arctic and Sub-Arctic: History, Culture and Society). Vienna: New Academic Press. Pp. 166-182.