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Durham Energy Institute

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Spaces energy and climate change: mythologising carbon through the EU's Arctic Policy

24th November 2016, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, Michael John Laiho

In 2016, the EU presented a new, integrated policy for the Arctic, which aims to promote stability and prosperity to the region and Europe as a whole. This research project deconstructs common geographical notions of Europe and the Arctic, choosing to explore the importance of carbon geographies, spaces of energy and climate change.

Drawing on several interviews and policy documents obtained from government institutes, the aim of the seminar is to explore how the EU has historically sought to influence the development of the Arctic through discursive regimes of energy and climate change.

Michael Laiho presents findings from his doctoral research, which presents an unique opportunity for scholars interested in how spaces of energy and climate change interrelate and conflict with one another in government discourse, and for what purpose carbon is mythologised by society.

Michael John Laiho is half British, half Finnish. Between 2009-10 he studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, and obtained an MSc. in European Studies: Ideas and Identities at the European Institute. After graduating in London he moved to Turku, Finland, to complete his military conscription service and in 2011 he started post-graduate research at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

Since 2014 Michael has lived and worked in Durham, England, at the Department of Geography and Durham Energy Institute of Durham University. He is an affiliated postgraduate researcher of the Durham Energy Institute and the Energy CDT and has presented his research at several international conferences.

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