Learn more about Antarctica’s unique geopolitical situation, current research being conducted, as well as an insight into the future of this continent.
The UK has long been at the forefront of Antarctic exploration, from Scott and Shackleton to the more recent Weddell Sea Expedition. Protected for peaceful and scientific reasons, Antarctica is also where the UK's role in climate science began with Operation Tabarin, and continues today through international research programmes.
But in the context of a changing geopolitical landscape, amidst other pressures, we ask how Antarctica's environment and resources should be managed today.
Bethan Davies is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Bethan is a glacial geologist interested in the interaction between glaciers and climate over multiple timescales. Her current research interests are orientated towards the Antarctic Peninsula, the Patagonian Ice Sheet and the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.
Germana Nicklin is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University, University of New Zealand, where she researches borders and border security, with a special interest in liminal and obscured borders. She has had over 30 years experience in the public sector including 17 years in the New Zealand Customs Service.
Jessica O'Reilly is Associate Professor at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana Univeristy. Jessica is an environmental anthropologist who studies how scientists and policymakers participate in environmental management, both in regards to the Antarctic environment and global climate change.
Kate Winter is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University and she is the current recipient of the Fonds Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship for her work in East Antarctica. Kate is a glacial geophysicist who uses radar to peer beneath the surface of Antarctica. She is passionate about outreach and engagement and is an advocate of zero-emission living - even at the poles.
Paul Rose (chair) is a TV presenter, experienced diver and polar expert. Paul was in charge of the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was subsequently awarded The Queen's Polar Medal.
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