Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia)

January 22 Eric Paglia defended his thesis: The Northward Course of the Anthropocene: Transformation, Temporality and Telecoupling in a Time of Environmental Crisis.

“Several dissertation themes were observed in practice at the international science community of Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard, where global change is made visible through a concentration of scientific activity. Ny-Ålesund is furthermore a place of geopolitics, where extra-regional states attempt to enhance their legitimacy as Arctic stakeholders through the performance of scientific research undertakings, participation in governance institutions, and by establishing a physical presence in the Far North. This dissertation concludes that this small and remote community represents an Anthropocene node of global environmental change, Earth system science, emergent global governance, geopolitics, and stakeholder construction in an increasingly telecoupled world.”

Here is a link to a complete summary of the thesis. And here is the full text version.