Short CV/Education and training

  • 2016
    Researcher at the Division for History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • 2014 – 2016
    Post-doc at the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University, Arcum

  • 2012 – 2014
    Project manager (research) at the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

Selected publications

  • L.-M. van der Watt, "Contemporary Environmental Politics and Discourse Analysis in Antarctica," in Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica, Klaus Dodds; Alan D. Hemmings and Peder Roberts ed.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 584-597.

  • P. Roberts, L-M. van der Watt and A. Howkins ed. Antarctica and the Humanities. London, Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, 2016.

  • L.-M. van der Watt et al., "European Arctic Initiatives : Capacities, Gaps and Future Opportunities," The Changing Arctic and the European Union, Adam Stępień, Timo Koivurova and Paula Kankaanpää ed., Amsterdam : Brill Nijhoff, 2016, s. 243-295.

  • P. Roberts and L.-M. van der Watt, "On past, present and future Arctic expeditions," The New Arctic, Birgitta Evengård, Joan Nymand Larsen and Oyvind Paasche ed., : Springer International Publishing, 2015, s. 57-68.

  • L.-M. van der Watt and S. Swart, "Falling off the Map : South Africa, Antarctica and Empire, c. 1919-59," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 43, no. 2, s. 267-291, 2015.

  • L.-M. van der Watt, "Return to Gondwanaland : South Africa, Antarctica, minerals and apartheid," The Polar Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, s. 72-93, 2013.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • On creating cultural heritage in Antarctica (project start 2018, Principal Investigator)

  • Also involved as a participant in projects such as:

    ERC Greening the Poles: Science, the Environment, and the Creation of the Modern Arctic and Antarctic (2017 – )

    VR Between Science and Politics: How Arctic Research Survived and Thrived in the Cold War – and Beyond (2015 – )

    Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development (2014 – 2017,

    Mistra Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources, Governance (2011-2013, 2013 as coordinator).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional Memberships

  • European Society for Environmental History

  • SCAR History Expert Group

  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association

  • Canadian Historical Association

  • Historical Association of South Africa

Activities in the scientific community

  • Member of the Swedish National Committee on Global Environmental Change, since 2016

  • Scholarship committee Chinese Nordic Arctic Research Centre, 2012 – 2017

  • Programme Committee Nordforsk Arctic Initiative, since 2013

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Intercultural communication; coordination; conscientiousness; adaptability


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