Marije Tempel (The Netherlands)

New Energy Coalition

During her Bachelor in Human Geography and Urban Planning she studied for a semester at Queen’s university in Canada, developing a special interest for the Arctic. She decided to focus her master program in Cultural Geography on the Arctic region and got involved at the Arctic centre of the University of Groningen. For her Master research she travelled to Svalbard twice. In her thesis she reflected on the Norwegian normalisation policies in Longyearbyen and the economic diversification in the Arctic, by exploring the people and place bonds of Spitsbergen. During her research she noticed the role of the energy transition in the changing discourse of the Arctic and started to understand the importance of the social and spatial dimension in this transition. After graduation she began her job at the New Energy Coalition; a centre of expertise in renewable energy. She hopes that she can use her experience in the discussion about sustainable developments in the Arctic.

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