About The Group

Steering Committee


The SC-HASS Steering Committee is an interim committee that grew out of the committees of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) and the History Expert Group, when these two groups were formally amalgamated and given the status of Standing Committee at the SCAR Executive Committee meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018.

The interim Chief Officers are the former co-chairs of HASSEG (Elizabeth Leane and Daniela Liggett) and the History EG (Cornelia Lüdecke).

Elections for positions on the Steering Committee will be held at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Hobart, Australia, in 2020. A balanced geographical and disciplinary representation will be aimed for among Steering Committee members and Chief Officers.

The Steering Committee provides the strategic direction for SC-HASS and is the first point of contact for any official communication from SCAR and other bodies.

The list of interim Steering Committee members below has yet to be updated.


Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi (ex officio) (IN) Geopolitics
Dr Alan Hemmings (AU/NZ/UK) Polar Governance and Policy
Ass. Prof. Elizabeth Leane (Chief Officer) (AU) Literature (Arts and Humanities)
Dr Daniela Liggett (Chief Officer) (NZ/DE) Environmental Management/Tourism
Dr Cristian Lorenzo (AR) International Relations
Prof Dr Cornelia Lüdecke (Chief Officer) (DE) History
Hanne Nielsen (AU/NZ) Literary and Cultural Studies
Dr Jessica O’Reilly (USA) Anthropology
Ass. Prof. Juan Francisco Salazar (AU/CL) Anthropology,  Cultural/Media Studies
Prof Akiho Shibata (JP) Law

Note: Country codes in parentheses above indicate the country of residence followed by, where different, the country of origin. AR – Argentina; AU – Australia; CA – Canada; CL – Chile; DE – Germany; IN – India; JP – Japan; NL – The Netherlands; UK – United Kingdom; US – USA

At this point, we also wish to acknowledge the crucial role and leadership in the groups that has been played by Gary Steel, who acted as HASSEG co-chair from 2010 to 2012, and Juan Francisco Salazar, who was HASSEG co-chair from 2012-2014.


Our member directory remains to be under construction. Research contributions and cooperation are sought from polar researchers with an interest in the Antarctic humanities and social sciences.

If you would like to get involved in SC-HASS, please get in touch.