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Steering Commitee

Danita Catherine Burke

Research Fellow


Danita Catherine Burke, Research Fellow

Center for War Studies, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark

Dr. Burke is a Research Fellow at the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark and the founder of the Women in the Arctic and Antarctic, which is a networking and information sharing platform that aims to help promote women doing research and representation in/on the Arctic, Antarctic and Circumpolar North. Dr. Burke is a dissertation supervisor for Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) students of the MA of International Politics and MA of Public Policy. Dr. Burke has held a number of research fellowships supporting her work. The fellowships including: Northern Scholars Visiting Research Fellowship (at the University of Edinburgh), Fellowship of the J.R. Smallwood Foundation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Rothermere Fellowship (held while based at Aberystwyth University).


Dr. Burke completed a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, UK with graduate and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was born and raised in rural Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research covers topics such as the evolution of Canada’s national relationship with the ideas of the Arctic and North; Arctic and northern regional cooperation (particularly the Arctic Council), security and diplomacy; the role(s) and influence(s) of environmental organizations and animal rights groups in global politics; Indigenous rights and self-governance; and the impact of environmental activism on rural and vulnerable peoples in the Circumpolar North. Dr. Burke’s research includes publications such as: WWF and Arctic environmentalism: Conservationism and the ENGO in the Circumpolar North (Manchester University Press); “The Case for a Greenpeace Apology to Newfoundland and Labrador” (The Northern Review); Diplomacy and the Arctic Council (McGill-Queens University Press); and International Disputes and Cultural Ideas in the Canadian Arctic (Palgrave Macmillan).