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.