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Danita Burke

Department of Political Science and Public Management


Research areas

Arctic/Polar politics, history and security

Environmental non-governmental organization

Diplomacy and legitimacy

Indigenous and traditional rights

Cultural and Economic Violence


Funded projects

Travel Award - Joan Mitchell Travel Award awarded by the Wilfrid Laurier University Archives, Wilfrid Laurier University to support a visiting stay in 2023-2024 at the university to access the Environmental Conservation Movement and Canadian North archival holdings

Fellow of the JR Smallwood Foundation – “Amending the EU Seal Product Ban”; 2020-2022; JR Smallwood Foundation

Northern Scholar Fellow - "Moral Legitimacy and Stigma and Environmental Activism in the 21st Century: Greenpeace in the Arctic"; 2022-2023; Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow – “Breaking the Ice: INGOs as Arctic Council Observer Status Applicants”; 2018-2020; EU Horizon 2020 (

Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Is the Arctic Council a Modern Day League of Nations? The Influence of Exclusivity, Climate Change and Regional Institutions”; 2016-2018; Carlsberg Foundation (

Selected publications

Burke, D.C. (2023) Cultural Violence, Stigma and the Legacy of the Anti-Sealing Movement. London: Routledge.

Burke, D.C. (2022) WWF and Arctic environmentalism Conservationism and the ENGO in the Circumpolar North. Manchester University Press.

Burke, D.C. (2021) “The Case for a Greenpeace Apology to Newfoundland and Labrador.”The Northern Review.

Burke, D.C. (2020) “Re-establishing Legitimacy after Stigmatization: Greenpeace in the North American North.” Polar Record 56(e26): 1-12.

Burke, D.C. (2019) Diplomacy and the Arctic Council. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

Burke, D.C. (2019) “Club Diplomacy in the Arctic.” Global Governance 25(2): 304–326.

Burke, D.C. and Phelps Bondaroff, Teale N. (2019) “Becoming an Arctic Council NGO Observer.” Polar Record 54(5-6): 349-359.