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Michael Waters (2018)

Michael Waters (2018)

Research Title: Changing Climates, Shifting Worlds: Exploring the Articulation of Scientific and Indigenous Knowledges in Utqiaġvik, Alaska

Supervisor: Dr Hildegard Diemberger


Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, UK, I graduated with a BSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2016. I remained in London for a further two years, working in the social housing sector, before joining the department as an MRes student in 2018.  

My research is concerned with the intersection of scientific and Indigenous knowledge around environmental change, along the North Slope of Alaska. The Iñupiaq community of Utqiaġvik has a rich history of engagement with scientific research that has extended into the present day; my research explores both how scientific knowledge is produced, particularly in the context of field sciences, and how it comes to be defined in relation to Indigenous knowledge. Further, I also engage with experiences of environmental change and how these relate to the scientific construction of climate change. Toward the end of 2019, I hope to progress my MRes project into doctoral research.

Research Interests

Experiences and narratives of environmental change; the production of scientific knowledge; political ecology, ontological anthropology; Alaska and the wider Arctic region; anthropology as a comparative project.