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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

Greta Ferloni

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Room number: Christopherson Building

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Greta is a PhD candidate funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of the DurhamARCTIC programme. Her research is interdisciplinary across Human and Physical Geography. She studied at Durham University in the past, receiving a BA in Geography in 2015. In 2017, she completed a two-year MSc in Geographical Information Management and Applications in a joint programme from four universities in the Netherlands: University of Utrecht, University of Twente, Wageningen University and Delft University of Technology. After that, she worked for two years as a GIS Applications Engineer consultant in Milan.

Current Research

Mobility, ice and everyday life in Alaska’s Bering Sea (2019 – 2022 Leverhulme Trust DurhamARCTIC project)

This research examines mobility in the icy waters of the Bering Sea, situated between Alaska and Russia, from three perspectives: sea ice, ships and coastal communities. Mobility research is at the heart of understanding how individual practices, specific knowledge and the spatial practices of everyday life are embedded within broader mobilities of people, surfaces, volumes, power relations, geopolitics and culture. This research examines understandings of oceans as spaces interwoven with human agency in everyday life and engages with the changing materiality of oceans as dynamic and interactive volumes of water and ice. It thereby offers a new perspective on the intricate texture of mobility of, in and through the icy waters of the Bering Sea, highlighting how this territory and social fabric are intertwined with icy ocean materialities through local everyday lived realities, on ship, on shore, and in/of the ocean itself.

This research combines remote sensing using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry, shipboard ethnography and participatory mapping in an Alaskan coastal town. Remote sensing allows us to observe the materiality of icy seas. This is then contextualised through ethnography and participatory mapping, exploring mobility and the sea’s materiality through experience. The three methods are brought together by focusing on practice and lived experiences as a means of understanding complex social processes.

By using mixed methods, this research proposes an innovative line of enquiry for conceptualising mobilities in icy waters and the consequences that this has for local culture, the environment, governance, technological advances and existing understandings of ship mobility.

Academic Background

2015 – 2017: MSc Geographical Information Management and Applications (Distinction Cum Laude) – University of Utrecht
  • MSc Thesis – Exploring Place and Identity Through Soundscape Mapping
  • Supervisor: Dr Frank Ostermann
2012 – 2015: BA Geography (First Class Single Hons) – Durham University
  • BSc Dissertation: Evading Invasion: Soundscaping Urban Conflict in Jerusalem
  • Supervisor: Dr Noam Leshem
  • Awarded Royal Geographical Society Dissertation Prize (Political Geography Research Group)


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