Duncan Depledge was awarded his PhD in November 2014. His doctoral research was undertaken at Royal Holloway with support from the ESRC and the Royal United Services Institute. Duncan's thesis investigated the changing geopolitics of the Arctic with a specific interest in emerging British policy towards the region (2007-2014).
Duncan has visited both the Canadian and the Norwegian Arctic several times and in 2012, he served as an academic observer on-board HMS Illustrious during joint military exercises known as Exercise Cold Response in Northern Norway. He has conducted research with political and academic institutions in Ottawa and Oslo, and was a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in 2012. From 2012-13, Duncan was an associated individual with the Norwegian-led 'Geopolitics in the High North' programme.
From 2010-2014, Duncan also worked as research analyst on the Climate Change and Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute. He has written numerous articles and reports about the security dynamics of climate change and British interests in the Arctic. His pieces have appeared in journals including International Affairs, Political Geography, RUSI Journal and Polar Journal, the Arctic Yearbook 2012 and an edited book, Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes (Edward Elgar, 2014).
He holds a BA in History and an MA in Political Theory from the University of Sheffield. He also holds an MPhil in Geographical Research from the University of Cambridge for which he was awarded a distinction.