Lize-Marié van der Watt

Lize-Marié van der Watt, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Lize-Marié van der Watt researches histories of polar pasts and polar futures, with a focus on the intersection between the environment, science and critical geopolitics in the Arctic and Antarctica. Her Antarctic research has focused on South Africa’s involvement in Antarctica, as well as the interplay between environmental discourse and geopolitics in Antarctica. Her background in the social part of socio-evironmental history manifests in her interest in race and gender and the Antarctic environment. Lize-Marié is currently focusing on Arctic research, where she is interested in Arctic geopolitics and knowledge communities; future narratives for responsible development that draw on present and past imaginings of the future; and comparative histories of Arctic scientific institutions during the Cold War. 

Research projects/ interests
  • Cultural heritage in Antarctica
  • Polar Geopolitics
  • Environmental histories of the polar regions
  • Social histories of the polar regions

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Keywords: Antarctic History, Arctic History, Polar Exploration, Cultural Heritage, Environmental History, Social History, Geopolitics.

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