Speakers

  • Daria Burnasheva

    "Daria Burnasheva"Daria Burnasheva is an early-career Indigenous Sakha feminist scholar whose research revolves around issues of identity, relationships, and the consequences of climate change and related disasters. After defending her PhD dissertation on the Arctic identity at the University of Warsaw in 2019, she has held the position of Senior Lecturer at the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts. She was hosted for a research visit by the University of Lapland in 2017 and completed the Gender Equality Studies and Training Program at the University of Iceland in 2021. Her research paper on the gender analysis of climate change and wildfires received the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Award for the best final assignment in the category of research and research proposals. In 2022, she was selected as the IASC Social & Human Working Group Indigenous Fellow. Additionally, she serves as an editorial board member of the Arctic Yearbook

  • Mark Christopher

    "Mark Christopher"Mark Christopher completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics with a minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences at the University of Guelph. Mark is a research assistant with the Yukon Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (YSPOR) where he was privileged to study the impacts of COVID-19 on Yukon’s frontline health care (HC) workers. This research provides insight into the territorial health system, the challenges and opportunities faced by northern, rural, and remote HC workers that will inform his desired career in medicine. He is eager to contribute to the advancement of community-based health research that seeks to improve health outcomes for all Yukon residents.

  • Heather Exner-Pirot

    "Heather Exner-Pirot"Heather Exner-Pirot is a Senior Fellow and Director of Energy, Natural Resources and Environment at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, Special Advisor to the Business Council of Canada, Research Advisor to the Indigenous Resource Network, and Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook. She sits on the Boards of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2011.   

  • Selma Ford

    "Selma Ford"Selma Ford joined The Gordon Foundation in 2023 as Program Director. Originally from Nain, Nunatsiavut, Selma now lives in Ottawa and is currently the North Team Program Director at The Gordon Foundation. Selma has experience working nationally and internationally for Inuit organizations. Before moving to Ottawa, Selma worked for many years as a Community Health Worker in her hometown of Nain, delivering health promotion and education programs. Selma has spent her entire career working on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, whether delivering programs in her hometown and Ottawa or coordinating activities at national and international levels and now through her work on treaties.

  • Laura Goodfield

    "Laura Goodfield"Laura Goodfield earned her B.S. in Public Health and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the George Washington University. She currently attends the George Washington University as a Master in Public Health student with a concentration in Epidemiology. Laura was previously a 2022 Gender Equality Reporting Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, investigating gendered barriers to urban transportation access in Berlin, Germany. Her research interests in public health include urban sustainability, women’s health, and improving health disparities. Laura is a research assistant on the project "Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)" at the George Washington University, where she focuses on understanding Alaska’s gendered COVID-19 policy response through a holistic model of health. 

  • Anders Koch

    "Anders Koch"Anders Koch, MD, PhD, MPH, is a specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine and a medical epidemiologist. He is a Professor at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland, and a consultant at the Queen Ingrids Hospital in Nuuk, Greenland; at the Rigshospitalet University Hospital and at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also a clinically responsible consultant for TB in Greenland. Koch has worked for may years with research and clinical care of infectious diseases in Greenland and took part in the efforts against COVID-19 in Greenland being prime responsible for SARS-CoV-19 testing in Denmark of travelers to Greenland. He is President of the Danish Greenlandic Society for Circumpolar Health and Past President of the International Union for Circumpolar Health.

  • Anissa Ozbek

    "Anissa Ozbek"Anissa Ozbek is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the George Washington University, where she studies international affairs and security policy. Her interests in the field include regional studies in Iran, China, and Russia. As a researcher on the project "Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)," she contributes policy analysis for the state of Alaska and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of Russia. She has presented her COVID-GEA team’s findings at conferences including the 2023 Arctic Science Summit Week in Vienna, Austria, and the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Research Excellence Showcase in Washington, D.C.

  • Andrey Petrov

    "Andrey Petrov"Andrey Petrov is a Professor of Geography, ARCTICenter Director, and Academic Director of GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Petrov is an economic and social geographer who specializes in Arctic economy, regional development and post-Soviet society, with an emphasis on the social geography of Indigenous populations. His current research concerns sustainable development, spatial organization, and restructuring of peripheral economies, as well as dynamics of social-ecological systems. Dr. Petrov leads the Research Coordination Networks in Arctic Sustainability (Arctic-FROST) and Arctic Coastal Resilience (Arctic-COAST). He has published on issues pertaining to socio-economic crisis, development, and demographic dynamics of Arctic populations. Dr. Petrov leads the COVITA project.

  • Marya Rozanova-Smith

    "Marya Rozanova-Smith"Marya Rozanova-Smith is a Research Professor at the Department of Geography at the George Washington University. In addition to her work in academia, she participated in a wide range of social projects. She was the founder and chairperson of the Center for Civil, Social, Scientific, and Cultural Initiatives “STRATEGIA” and served as a Galina Starovoitova Fellow for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Rozanova-Smith has been teaching the Arctic Affairs course at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs since 2018.
     
    Her current research interests include Arctic governance, urban sustainability, gender empowerment, and the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic. Dr. Rozanova-Smith is a Principal Investigator of the project “Understanding the Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic (COVID-GEA)” supported by NSF.

  • Jaakko Simonen

    "Jaakko Simonen"Jaakko Simonen works as a professor (tenure track) in the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Finance at Oulu Business School at the University of Oulu. His current research focuses on studying resilience at various levels (individual, organizational and regional), regional smart specialization, the inter-regional and inter-sectoral labour mobility and roles of the industrial structure and innovation ecosystem in regional growth. In terms of Arctic research, he studies cross-border cooperation and regional resilience in the Arctic regions. He is a leader of the economic resilience research group in  Oulu Business School. The group’s research is a part of the multiciliary GenZ research project funded by the Academy of Finland and the University of Oulu. He holds a Doctor of Science degree in Economics from Oulu Business School, the University of Oulu.

  • Liris Smith

    "Liris Smith"Liris Smith holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, a baccalaureate of science (Anatomy), and a baccalaureate in Physical Therapy. Liris completed her master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 1997, and PhD in Health Sciences from the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 2021. She spent 27 years working as a physical therapist, supervisor, manager and director of care in the Continuing Care Division of Yukon Government.  She is currently the Health Research Chair at Yukon University. She is committed to working in partnership with Yukon First Nations, and all citizens who received health care services in the Yukon Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (YSPOR) unit.