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Arctic Centre, University of Groningen, NL

Department of Studies in Culture and Religion, University of Hradec Králové, CZ

Contact: /, +420 732 765 950

Svalbard related projects:

  • 2019-2021: Overheating in the High Arctic – qualitative anthropological analysis (boREALIFE), RiS ID 10724
  • 2021-2022: Teenagers without land: Offspring of economic migrants to Svalbard in an overheated world (TEENNOLAND), RiS ID 11625
  • 2021-2023: Understanding Resilience and Long-Term Environmental Change in the High Arctic: Narrative-Based Analyses from Svalbard (SVALUR), RiS ID 11524,
  • 2022: Landscapes of knowledge and understanding, RiS ID 11945


Zdenka Sokolíčková (born 1983) studied culturology (Charles University in Prague) and Euroculture (Palacky University in Olomouc and University of Groningen). In 2010, she obtained her PhD degree with a thesis about environmental ethics. She is interested in anthropology of environmental and climate change, globalization, tourism, science, migration and social justice. She completed study, research and teaching visits in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan, Lithuania, Norway and Cyprus. She lived in Longyearbyen with her three children and husband – a polar ecologist, during her ethnographic fieldwork 2019-2021 as a guest researcher of the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, mentored by Thomas H. Eriksen. She is currently living in Czechia, working as a SVALUR postdoc at the Arctic Centre in the Netherlands. In 2023, she is shifting her ethnographic focus to Antarctic tourism.


  • Sokolíčková, Z. & Soukupová, E. (2021). Czechs and Slovaks in Svalbard: Entangled Modes of Mobility, Place, and Identity. Lidé města / Urban People, 23(2): 167-196.
  • Sokolíčková, Z. (2021). The Chinese Riddle: Tourism, China, and Svalbard. In Y.-S. Lee (Ed.), Asian Mobilities Consumption in a Changing Arctic (pp. 141–154). Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Brode-Roger, D., Zhang, J., Meyer, A. & Sokolíčková, Z. (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,
  • Sokolíčková, Z., Meyer, A., & Vlakhov, A. (2022). Changing Svalbard: Tracing interrelated socio-economic and environmental change in remote Arctic settlements. Polar Record, 58, E23.
  • Sokolíčková, Z. & Eriksen, T. H. (2022). Extraction Cultures in Svalbard: From Mining Coal to Mining Knowledge and Memories. In S. Sörlin (Ed.), Resource extraction and Arctic communities: the new extractivist paradigm (pp. 6686). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sokolíčková, Z. (2022). The trouble with local community in Longyearbyen, Svalbard: How big politics and lack of fellesskap hinder a not-yet-decided future. Polar Record, 58, E36.
  • Sokolickova, Z. (2022). The Golden Opportunity? Migration to Svalbard from Thailand and the Philippines. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 12(3): 293–309.
  • Sokolíčková, Z.; Ramirez Hincapie, E.; Zhang, J.; Lennert, A. E.; Löf, A. & van der Wal, R. (2022). Waters that matter: How human-water relations are changing in high-Arctic Svalbard. Anthropological Notebooks 28(3): 74–109.  
  • Sokolíčková, Z. (2023). The Paradox of Svalbard: Climate change and globalisation in the Arctic. London: Pluto.
  • Löf, A., Sokolíčková, Z. & Steins, N.A. (2023). Experiencing Svalbard sustainably? Reflecting on what we can learn about polar cruise tourism from the SEES expedition. The Polar Journal.