Aberdeen offers a base for northern research that uniquely affords a truly circumpolar perspective. The region, known as the 'circumpolar North', is defined by latitude and the tight intersection of climatic, environmental, historical, geopolitical and cultural conditions and together these give significance for the future of life on earth out of proportion to its relatively sparse human population.
The North Research Theme consists of four programmes and 16 projects (several based within the School of Social Science) incorporating northern interests that aim to provide an environment in which projects can develop and include current research ranging from sociology, anthropology, music, language, art and archaeology to geology, applied sciences, hydrology and climate change:
- Fragility, Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in the North (FAR)
- The Northern Temperament: Investigating the Communication of Emotions in Northern Cultures (NT)
- Northern Colonialism: Historical Connections, Contemporary Lives (NC)
- Pathways to Power: The Rise of Early Medieval Kingdoms in the North (PP)
These programmes are interdisciplinary, bringing together colleagues from the College of Physical Sciences (CoPS), the College of Life Sciences and Medicine (CLSM) and the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS).
The North theme was established in June 2011 and is led by Professor Tim Ingold based in the School of Social Science and managed by 17 Project Board members, drawn from all three Colleges of the University with the long term aim of establishing an Aberdeen Institute for the North with its own building, centred on a Museum of the North to act as a magnet for researchers from around the world.
Professor Timothy Ingold - The North Theme Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1224 274350
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272552