Our Community Blog

Dear graduating students, dear guests Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.                                       1 Thessalonians 5:21 You have gone through a cross-disciplinary study prog...
22. June 2022

Sea monsters! Shipwrecks! Sea shanties!

Catherine Chambers

Coastal culture and heritage were the central focus of the course "Maritime Anthropology" that I taught the last week before winter break. The class is an elective for the Coastal Communities and Regi...
17. December 2021
Visiting Faculty

Braving the elements

Brack Hale

The wind was howling as it blew snow across the road on Steingrímsfjarðarheiði on our drive to Ísafjörður in late October. Although it was not an unfamiliar sight for me, it was an undeniable sign to ...
7. December 2021

In explaining what I do now, after my studies in Ísafjörður, I should note that my path has long been more squiggly than straight. My interests overlapped with more than one discipline and it took a w...
20. November 2021

On Wednesday the 14th of October, students enrolled in the course Arctic Ocean Governance, with Brad Barr, and some second-year students loaded up into a 4x4 van and set off down to drive the 7 hours ...
28. October 2021

The Wheels of Innovation

Tyler Wacker

Tourism is one of the main pillars of the Icelandic economy. For remote and rural communities it is considered to be one of the main tools for filling the gap that a declining fisheries industry has l...
21. September 2021

After our sociology class last September, the cohort started joking about the concept of “authenticity.” Is anything authentic? Is everything authentic? Who really knows? I mention this because, the l...
30. August 2021

A Seaweed Summer

Jenny Koester

This August, I am collecting my master’s thesis data for the coastal and marine resource management program at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Working with TARI – Faroe Seaweed, a Faroese Sea...
25. August 2021

After a year of studies in Iceland in the Coastal and Marine Management Program, I returned to Naknek, Alaska. My interest in the human dimensions of fisheries management was sparked here as my family...
12. August 2021