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Associate Lecturer in Arctic Science, University of Cambridge

Ilona has done a broad range of research on human-wildlife interactions, undertaking her PhD with the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC). This research used both biological and anthropological approaches to understand how reindeer in Northern Europe are being affected by changes to the physical environment around them due to novel weather patterns and industrial development, alongside changes to the human environment related to the relationship between Indigenous Saami reindeer herders and the respective states where they reside.

She now teaches undergraduate and masters courses in Human Geography at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, and is interested in the relationships between rural and Indigenous communities and the wildlife and landscape around them.


  • 2021–present
    Teaching Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • 2018–present
    PhD Researcher in Arctic Ecology, Durham University