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Charlotte Wrigley

Charlotte's doctoral research sits at the intersection between human geography, environmental humanities and Arctic studies, and is concerned with thinking through the relations between humans and ice in the Anthropocene. The thesis offers a variety of ways of understanding permafrost through an in-depth study of the Pleistocene Park - a Siberian rewilding project that aims to restore the 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem - as a mitigation strategy for permafrost thaw, and the intersecting motivations and practices of the controversial new science 'de-extinction' in attempting to resurrect the mammoth itself. She received her doctorate in August 2020 and will publish a book derived from her doctoral research titled 'A Discontinuous Earth' to be released in 2021.

She is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History at the Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg where she will begin a new project on subterranean geographies and an environmental history of the Kola Superdeep Borehole.

She is particularly interested in: Anthropocene studies, cryogenics, Soviet and post-Soviet landscapes, Arctic humanities and more-than-human geographies.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London