Dr Kathrin Stephen

Scientific Project Leader
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IASS Projects

Research Interests

  • Arctic/High North region
  • International relations and institutions
  • Arctic energy, shipping and fishing
  • Geopolitics
  • Maritime law

Curriculum Vitae

  • Member of the official German Observer Delegation to the Arctic Council, Participation in the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and the Task Force on Black Carbon and Methane
  • Senior Fellow, Main Editor and part of the Leadership Team, The Arctic Institute, www.thearcticinstitute.org
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Initiative
  • Member of German National Committee, Association of Polar Early-Career Scientists (APECS)
  • Co-lead of Working Package “Developing and Valuing Climate Services” within the Horizon 2020 Blue Action research project

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Keil, Kathrin, 2014: “The Arctic: A new region of conflict? The case of oil and gas”, Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 160-188.
  • Knecht, Sebastian – Keil, Kathrin, 2013: “Arctic Geopolitics Revisited: Spatialising Governance in the Circumpolar North”, The Polar Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 178-203.
  • Keil, Kathrin, 2013: “Arctic Energy Geopolitics: Hydrocarbon Hopes and Challenges”, Global Energy Monitor, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 1-4, Center for Energy Governance & Security, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • Keil, Kathrin, 2012: “Opening Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic: A Conflict and Risk Assessment”, Tvergastein Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, 2nd issue, November 2012, pp. 36-43.
  • Keil, Kathrin, 2012: “The EU in the Arctic ‘Game’ – The Concert of Arctic Actors and the EU’s Newcomer Role”. FU Berlin Dokumentenserver. Available at: http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000012748

Further Information

  • PhD from Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), Free University Berlin, Germany, 2013, Dissertation, ‘Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic – The Cases of Energy, Shipping and Fishing’, supervised by Prof. Thomas Risse and Prof. Oran Young

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • Presentation at Arctic Circle Conference 2016 on “Sustainability and Governance Challenges in a Changing Arctic”, panel on “Germany’s Commitments to Arctic Research and Research Cooperation”, 7-9 October 2016, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Invited talk at weekend seminar “Russlands Rückkehr als Großmacht auf die weltpolitische Bühne“ [Russia’s return as a great power on the world stage”] on “Konfliktregion Arktis und die Rolle Russlands” [in German; Conflict region Arctic and the role of Russia], Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg, 15-17 July 2016, Bad Urach, Germany.
  • Expert presentation on “Arctic Hydrocarbon Resources in a Global Market Perspective & Sustainability and Arctic Resources”, for delegation from Norwegian Ministry for Petroleum and Energy, 24 September 2015, Berlin, Germany.
  • Expert presentation on “Sustainability and Arctic Resources” at Workshop “Geopolitics and Sustainability in the Arctic – Norwegian and German Views”, Norwegian Embassy, 7 May 2015, Berlin, Germany.
  • Invited talk at Arctic Security Matters Workshop on “Economic Potential of Arctic Development”, organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), 16 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Key note speaker at “Arctic in Rapid Transition Workshop (ART): Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System (ISTAS)”, two key note talks on “Multidisciplinary Arctic Research” and “Sustainability and Resources in the Arctic”, 21-24 October 2014, Brest, France.
  • Key note speaker at Seminar “A Sustainable Arctic: Preconditions, pitfalls and potentials” organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Latvia, presentation on “Economic Outlooks of Arctic Shipping: Where, When and What?”, 8-9 September 2014, Bergen, Norway.

Honors and Awards

  • 02/2013 - 04-2013: Dissertation Completion Grant, Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • 01/2013 and 01/2012: Young Scientists Forum Travel Scholarship, for Arctic Frontiers Conference 2013 and 2012 in Tromsø, Norway
  • 09/2012 - 12/2012: Doctoral Exchange Fellowship, Einstein Foundation Berlin, BTS/DAAD Travel Grant for research stay at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2009 - 2012: Ph.D. Scholarship from the Dahlem Research School, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies