Fulbright in the Arctic – Meeting Challenges of Sustainability, Human Development and Utilization

Organized by the Iceland-US Fulbright Commission in cooperation with the US State Department‘s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Science Foundation 16. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Hafnarkot, Harpa First Level

The panel consists of scholars from different fields, who are doing research in the Arctic through Fulbright. 

They will discuss their research, pose questions and engage in a multidisciplinary dialogue on the Arctic, including challenges and opportunities the region is facing. Questions posed will include how we can utilize the Arctic responsibly and make it a model for other areas, with respect for life, sustainability and international law. The panel will engage with the audience, inviting questions and comments.


  • Erica Hill, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Social Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast; Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar at the University of Iceland: The Archaeology of Humans, Animals and Landscapes in Iceland and Alaska.
  • Stephanie Grocke, Postdoctoral Researcher, Geology, Smithsonian Institution; Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar at the University of Iceland: Blasting Through Time: Past & Future Gas Emissions Emitted from Icelandic Volcanoes
  • Robert Zierenberg, Professor of Geology, University of California, Davis; Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Scholar at the University of Iceland: Using Magma as a Low-Carbon Energy Source.
  • Bjarni Magnússon, Associate Professor of Law, Reykjavik University; Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: The United States Entitlement to the Continental Shelf beyond 200 Nautical Miles.
  • Anita Parlow, Esq., recently Team Lead to the Woodrow Wilson Polar Initiative’s Polar Code Roundtable, International law; Fulbright-MFA Arctic Scholar at the University of Akureyri, University of Iceland and National Energy Authority, Iceland: Sustainable & Collaborative Practices in Arctic Offshore Petroleum Development.
  • Anne Merrild Hansen, Professor at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland; Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: Social Impacts of Oil Development in the North American Arctic.
  • Gwen Holdmann, Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: How Local Energy Development can Support Sustainable Business Ecosystems.
  • Susan Chatwood, Director, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: Health System Performance in Circumpolar Regions.
  • Greg Poelzer, Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan; Founding Director, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development; Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: Sovereign Wealth Funds and Sustainable Development in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Communities.


  • Belinda Theriault, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission Iceland