Department for Cultural Studies,
KU Leuven, Belgium
Since completing my PhD in cultural studies based on work conducted while living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, I have continued to work on Arctic related topics. As a Research Fellow in cultural studies at KU Leuven I am involved in a range of projects, all of them interdisciplinary. I am also working for the NSF funded NNA (Navigating the New Arctic) project and am conducting a case study on Svalbard that is looking into residents’ perceptions of disaster risk reduction. My interests range from embodied understanding of place, to visual methods, to de-colonizing the western academic approach. I currently spend approximately 6 months of the year in Svalbard.
In 2022, I was awarded the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize in Visual Sociology for work conducted in Skansbukta, Svalbard.
Photo credit: Graeme Chesters, part of the Svalbard People series