Jessica Shadian

Nansen Professor, University of Akureyri and Partner, Arctic Advocacy Group

Dr. Jessica Shadian is the Nansen Full Professor at the University of Akureyri, Iceland; a partner at the Arctic Advocacy Group (AAG); and a Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College, University of Toronto. Her current research explores the legal implications and governance challenges for Arctic coastal indigenous communities; namely search and rescue. Her existing publications focus on resource governance and law, Inuit governance, the role of the EU in Arctic affairs, and the politics of Arctic science. Shadian’s most recent book is entitled: The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge). It is the first academic account of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and offers a history of Inuit sovereignty reaching back to pre-European discovery. Shadian holds a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Delaware. Shadian spent 2004-2005 at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, UK on a National Science Foundation (NSF) award where she completed her dissertation before receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the Barents Institute located on the Norwegian Arctic border with Russia. Shadian then went on to become a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø, Norway. She was later became an Associate Professor and AIAS-Marie Curie COFUND Fellow, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University Denmark. Shadian also has substantial experience and expertise in facilitating relationships between governments, regulators, policy makers, private industry, project proponents, and local communities. As a co-creator and organiser of the Arctic Dialogue series (2007-2011) she brought together major players concerned with Arctic extractive industries including state and local political leaders, oil and gas, and other industry leaders, local communities, and academia to create and increase information sharing about Arctic resource development. Shadian is also a co-organiser of the Pan-Arctic Ph.D. Program in Arctic Extractive Industries. The program is a collaboration with Arctic universities and institutions and creates a systematic means for generating new research (both theoretical and practical) in the field of Arctic Extractive Industries. Shadian is the book review editor for The Polar Journal and is an associated researcher at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

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