Melanie Jenkins

University Centre of Svalbard

Being from Canada, she has always been fascinated by nature and how people interact with our natural resources. Working in the mining industry she witnessed the positive and negative impacts that resource development could have on communities. In 2016, an opportunity presented her with a break in her career to return to school and she moved to North Iceland to study Resource Management through the University of Akureyri. Living in a remote, Icelandic fishing village exposed her to many new experiences and peaked her interest in Northern communities. So, when her coursework in Iceland finished, she decided to move as far north as possible, to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Melanie studied Arctic Petroleum at the University Centre of Svalbard this past summer, learned to shoot rifles and saw her first polar bear. Following her time in Svalbard, she lived in Harstad, Norway conducting thesis research on local stakeholder perceptions of corporate social responsibility with regards to petroleum development. Therefore, she would include corporate social responsibility and resource development in the High North in her academic interests. Her social interests include travelling, hiking, camping and snowboarding. And although she never learned to knit in Iceland, she did develop a fondness for needle felting during the dark days of winter. She has a weakness for spy books and I have never met a dog I did not like!

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