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Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

Email: Svenja.Holste(at)

Bio: Svenja is a political scientist with a strong focus in Polar studies. In February 2021 she starts her work as a project officer at the APECS International Directorate Office. She coordinates APECS tasks in the EU Horizon 2020 project INTERACT III and supports the Office´s administrative tasks.

Through study visits in Finland and several travels, Svenja developed a keen interest in the Arctic. This enthusiasm led her to write her master thesis about the Arctic policies of Finland and Sweden, analysing how these states want to be perceived as actors in the changing region. After her graduation, she constantly deepened her knowledge about the Arctic, especially the European Arctic. In her research she is especially interested in security issues and political participation of the indigenous community in the region.

To Svenja, polar research represents a unique way of cooperation across different nations. Especially the Arctic is a fascinating region and worth protecting region for her, where complex interactions of climate change, globalization, inter- and transnational cooperation and economic opening can be observed in a relatively small geographical area.

In her work for APECS, she is looking forward to an exciting and productive exchange in an interdisciplinary and international environment.



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