Kathrin Keil is also Europe Director for Arctic Security, Cooperation, Resources and Institutions at the Arctic Institute.

Research interests: Arctic oil and gas, shipping and fishing development, Arctic geopolitics, cooperation and conflict, role of international institutions, ecosystem-based management

Kathrin wrote her PhD Dissertation at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) at the Freie Universität Berlin on the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping and fishing. She further has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden and a Master of Science in European Affairs from Lunds Universitet in Sweden.

Kathrin is currently a Project Scientist at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, in the Sustainable Interaction with the Atmosphere (SIWA) cluster.

Professional experience:

08/2013. Fellow at the NVP-Nansen interdisciplinary PhD and Post-doc Summer School 2013 on 'Shipping in Arctic Water', Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

07/2013 - 08/2013. Fellow at the Arctic Summer College 2013, organized by Ecologic Institute Berlin, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Embassy of Canada, Germany, and WWF Global Arctic Program.

09/2012 - 12/2012. Doctoral Fellow at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of International Relations, Israel.

09/2012. Invited Speaker at Arctic Future Forum 2012: An Ambitious Agenda for Canada’s Leadership of the Arctic Council, Rideau Institute, Ottawa, Canada. Presentation on “The EU as a Prospective Permanent Observer to the Arctic Council”.

10/2011 - 04/2012. Lecturer, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin, Master Seminar 32512_11W IR Therory and North America's New Security Challenges in the Arctic.


  • –present
    Project scientist, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies