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Members of the Social Sciences & Humanities Working Group are interested in any aspects of Social Sciences and Humanities research in the Arctic, as well as their connections with other NARI Working Groups.


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The Humanities and Social Science Working Group (HSS WG) consists of NARI members and associate members engaged in all disciplines within the humanities, and social sciences. Our members include a diverse range of academics and professionals from all different career stages, both Irish and international, and new members and non-Arctic experts with an interest in the region are always welcome. Where feasible, the HSS WG will also promote interdisciplinary collaboration with the marine and terrestrial NARI working groups. 

The geographic area in which the HSS WG is focused on can be broadly defined as including the northernmost regions/territories of the following; Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Russia and the United States [Alaska], in addition to the entire land mass of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands [the latter two territories are part of the Kingdom of Denmark].  

There are four key aims of the Humanities and Social Sciences Working Group 

  • To support current and future research of Irish Arctic and Northern Studies across multiple disciplines spanning the humanities, and social sciences through providing information, reading lists, academic papers and other resources on the NARI website

  • To encourage collaboration on the creation of academic papers, research projects and educational events/workshops amongst working group members and associate members 

  • To organise meetings and research activities for working group members


To demonstrate that HSS WG members have the capacity to contribute expertise for Irish participation in the Arctic Council’s sustainable development working group (SDWG) and the Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Response (EPPR) working group. Should Ireland’s Application for Observer status be successful (pending the Senior Arctic Official Meeting in May 2021).



Currently Updating Members

Michaela Coote
University of Lapland
Dr. Paul Montgomery
Trinity College Dublin
Elena Knyazeva
University College Cork
Paul Shanahan
National Maritime College of Ireland
Graham O'Brien
Maria Looney
National Maritime College of Ireland
Jelena Perišić
University of Limerick
Robert Lynch
National Maritime College of Ireland
Simon Morgan
University of Limerick
Dr. Óscar Mascareñas
University of Limerick
Dr. Aileen Dillane
University of Limerick
James Molloy
University of Limerick
Dr. Sandra Joyce
University of Limerick
Eimear Tynan
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Dr. Paul Montgomery
Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Sarah Milne
University of Limerick
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