GRID-Arendal Annual Report 2017
My academic background is in journalism, communications, history and political economy. I’ve taught graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism, public administration and polar issues in Canada and Germany. My practical Arctic experience began when I moved to Canada’s Yukon Territory to work as a journalist and got hooked on all things northern. Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to work and travel throughout the circumpolar Arctic and once celebrated my birthday on a ship bound for Antarctica.
As Senior Science Writer at GRID-Arendal, I work with colleagues to develop innovative ways to communicate new knowledge to policy makers and the general public. I’m also a member of GRID-Arendal’s Polar team which provides strategic advice and information to UN Environment on the rapid changes taking place at the poles and the implications this has for the rest of the planet.
I’ve worked for newspapers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and served as Cabinet Communications Advisor in the Yukon Premier’s office. I also did research and policy work for Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and was Government Relations Manager for the Nunavut Planning Commission. I’ve served as Executive Director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) and Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I am currently actively involved in marine litter related activities at GRID-Arendal.