In October 2017, second year student Melissa Kenny represented WISC at the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, followed by a short PhD course at the University of Akureyri, Iceland, run by the University of the Arctic and administered by the University of Tromso, Norway. During the conference, she attended a variety of sessions relating to Arctic development and planning in the Polar North. In addition, she participated in the launch of the 2017 edition of the Arctic Yearbook, in which one of her own articles has been published. The PhD course at the University of Akureryi allowed her to get to know researchers from across the world studying similar topics in the field. The course was filled with discussions and seminars on a variety of Arctic issues which provided context and background to her own work. She also enjoyed several excursions, including to the Myvatn Nature Baths and the Sino-Icelandic Observatory.
Her travels then continued, when she further attended the ‘Beyond Oil: Mobilising Alternate Futures’ conference in Bergen, Norway, and in November 2017 attended the Arctic Circle Forum, ‘Scotland and the New North’ in Edinburgh, Scotland, which elaborated on many of the issues discussed during the Arctic Circle Conference in Iceland.
Words by Melissa Kenny and Vikki Houlden
This activity, through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress, Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities is supported by a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant number: EP/L016400/1