July 17, 2012
Professor Mark Nuttall holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology. He joined the University of Alberta in 2003 from the University of Aberdeen, where he held a Personal Chair in Social Anthropology. He also holds a visiting position as Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Oulu.
His work in the Arctic, North Atlantic and western and northern Canada is concerned with environmental change and resource use issues in rural and coastal communities; large-scale industrial development; depopulation and migration; climate change impacts on people and their livelihoods; and the human dimensions of global environmental and sustainability issues. He has worked extensively in Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Scotland, and in northern Finland, and is currently leading a major research programme on climate and society in Greenland. He has also recently begun to develop research on the geopolitical anthropology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Nuttall is author and editor of several books, including Arctic Homeland: Kinship, Community and Development in northwest Greenland; White Settlers: The Impact of Rural Repopulation in Scotland; Protecting the Arctic: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival; Pipeline Dreams: People, Environment, and the Arctic Energy Frontier; Anthropology and Climate Change; Cultivating Arctic Landscapes; and The Arctic: Environment, People, Policy. He is also editor of the Encyclopedia of the Arctic, co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology, and ‘Arctic Regional Editor’ of The Polar Journal.