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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Ms Johanne Bruun

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41866
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 301

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Current Research

PhD: Grounding Territory: Geoscience and the Production of Territory in Greenland During the Early Cold War Period

My PhD research focuses on the intersection between scientific practice, material politics, and spatialised governance with a particular focus on questions of terrain and territory in indeterminate geophysical environments. I focus on the Arctic region, specifically Cold War Greenland, where scientific practice and discourse held (and holds) a position as a privileged and dominant way of knowing and governing space.


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

  • Bruun, J. M. and Steinberg, P. E. (2018) ‘Placing Territory on Ice: Militarisation, Measurement, and Murder in the High Arctic’, in K. Peters, P. Steinberg, and E. Stratford (eds.) Territory Beyond Terra: Rethinking Territory Beyond the Limits of Land, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield
  • Bruun, J. M. (2015) ‘Colonisation and Calculation: Framing Arctic Geopolitics’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings 15 (2), pp. 27-43
  • Steinberg, P. E., Bruun, J. M. and Medby, I. A. (2014) ‘Covering Kiruna: A Natural Experiment in Arctic Awareness’, Polar Geography 37 (4), pp. 273-297
  • Bruun, J. M. and Medby, I. A. (2014) ‘Theorising the Thaw: Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic’, Geography Compass 8/12, pp. 915-929

Book Reviews

  • Bruun, J. M. (2014) ‘­Review: Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes’, The Polar Journal 4 (2), pp. 407-409
  • Bruun, J. M. (2016) ‘Review: The Scramble for the Poles’, Geography 101 (3), p. 167


Tutoring and demonstrating

  • The Arctic (combined human/physical), Level 3
  • Human Geography: Space and Place in a Changing World, Level 1
  • Political Geography, Level 2
  • Politics/Space: Drawing Lines, Writing the World, Level 3
  • Territory and Geopolitics, Level 3

Selected Grants

  • 2017: Postgraduate Conference Fund, Durham University Department of Geography, £500
  • 2016: CAROD Interdisciplinary Conference Grant, workshop funding awarded by Durham University, £500
  • 2016: UArctic workshop grant, awarded by Durham University and the UArctic network, £500
  • 2015: Royal Geographical Society’s Geographical Club Award, fieldwork grant, £1,000
  • 2014: UArctic Mobility Grant, fieldwork grant awarded by Durham University and the UArctic network, £2,000
  • 2014: UK government funding to attend the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly as member of the British Delegation, £350
  • 2013: Politics of Emergent Geographical Spaces doctoral scholarship

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