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SC-HASS Research Project: The impact of COVID-19 on Antarctica

COVID 19 WP1 landscape webAbout:

Using futures-scanning and scenario-building, this WP studies how the pandemic is shaping global order and geopolitics. A specific focus is on emerging risks and opportunities in relation to collective Antarctic governance.

Research questions:
  1. With a focus on international relations and governance, how is the COVID-19 pandemic shaping global order and geopolitics?
  2. What risks and opportunities emerge in a post-COVID-19 global order in relation to collective Antarctic governance?
  3. What are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related global developments on Antarctic governance decision-making mechanisms?

Patrick Flamm
Bob Frame
Yelena Yermakova
Renuka Badhe
Gabriel De Paula
Germana Nicklin
Francisco Tuñez


Yermakova, Y., G. Nicklin, B. Frame, P. Flamm, G. de Paula, R. Badhe, F. Tuñez (2021): "Antarctica's Gateways and Gatekeepers: Polar scenarios in a polarising Anthropocene." Presentation given at 2021 SC-HASS Conference "The Global Antarctic", Kobe, Japan, 18 & 19 November 2021

Frame B, Yermakova Y, Flamm P, et al. (2021) "Antarctica’s Gateways and Gatekeepers: Polar scenarios in a polarising Anthropocene". The Anthropocene Review. DOI: 10.1177/20530196211026341

Frame, B. & A. Hemmings (2020). “Coronavirus at the end of the world: Antarctica matters.” Social Sciences & Humanities Open 2(1). DOI: 10.1016/j.ssaho.2020.100054.