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Senior Lecturer in Political Geography, Oxford Brookes University

Ingrid A. Medby's research focuses on the ways in which (national) identity features in political-territorial legitimisation processes in the Arctic – specifically comparing how Norway, Iceland, and Canada are understood and articulated as “Arctic states”. This is done through interviews with state officials, aiming to gain an understanding of how (Arctic) statehood is perceived from within the state administration itself and linked to notions of identity.

As such, her research fits into the field of Critical Political Geography, while also drawing on an interdisciplinary theoretical body of work on, for example, spatial identity, nationalism. and state theory.

Prior to joining Oxford Brookes University, she worked as a Teaching Fellow of Political Geography at UCL, and completed a PhD in Human Geography at Durham University. She holds an MSc. in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, a BA in International Studies from RMIT University (Melbourne), and has publications in Polar Geography and Geography Compass.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer in Political Geography, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2017–2018
    Lecturer in Political Geography, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2016–2017
    Teaching Fellow of Political Geography, University College London (UCL)


  • 2017 
    Durham University, PhD Geography
  • 2012 
    The University of Edinburgh, MSc International Relations
  • 2011 
    RMIT University, BA International Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Bridge-Building in a Divided High North: Perceived socio-political outcomes of the intraregional and 'people-to-people' initiative, the Barents Cooperation
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The British Academy

Professional Memberships

  • The Regional Studies Association
  • The International Arctic Science Committee's Human & Social Working Group