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Alan D. Hemmings

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canterbury

Dr Alan D. Hemmings is a specialist on Antarctic governance, geopolitics and environmental management. An independent Consultant, he is an Associate Professor at the Gateway Antarctica Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, but visits the University of Canterbury regularly for research and teaching purposes. He supervises graduate students in Australasia, North America, Asia and Europe. Hemmings did two winters in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey, and has also been to Antarctica with the French and New Zealand National Antarctic programmes, Greenpeace and as New Zealand Government Representative on a tourist voyage to the Ross Sea. He is a former Chair of IUCN’s Antarctic Advisory Committee and Senior Adviser to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), and served from 2003-2012 on the Australian Government's Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC). Currently he is a Member of: IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Executive Committee of SCAR's Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) and the Advisory Committee to the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Hemmings has participated in the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, meetings of experts groups on tourism, liability, and meetings of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) since 1989. He is a regular media commentator on Antarctic affairs. Current major writing projects include: 'Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica' with Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, London) and Peder Roberts (KTH, Stockholm), 'International Polar Law' with Donald R. Rothwell (ANU, Canberra), and 'Antarctic Nationalism' with Juan Francisco Salazar (UWS, Sydney), Elizabeth Leane (UTas, Hobart), Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab, Chandigarh), Daniela Liggett (Canterbury, Christchurch) and Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, London).


  • 2003–present
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury