Research Group Schweitzer
Infrastructure Studies, Human-Environment Interactions, Anthropology of Climate Change and Globalization, Arctic and Subarctic
I am working on issues of mobility, infrastructure, climate change, and identity in the circumpolar North, in particular in Alaska and Siberia. Human communities in the North are facing tremendous socioeconomic and environmental change. The adaptive capacity of northern groups and individuals, as much as geopolitics and global resource economics, will determine the social and cultural futures of the Arctic and Subarctic. My current research focuses on how people in the Arctic engage with infrastructure, both impacted by and a driver of environmental change.
- Ria-Maria Adams (MA), PhD candidate (University of Vienna)
(Re-)Production of Social Identities: An Anthropological Approach to Cultural Adaptation Processes of Migrated Youth in Finnish Lapland
- Mag. Susanna Gartler, PhD candidate (University of Vienna), Project collaborator in NUNATARYUK
Socio-Cultural Adaptation to Thawing Permafrost in the Arctic. Case Study in Aklavik and Shingle Point (Beaufort Sea)
- Alexandra Meyer (MA), PhD candidate (University of Vienna), Project collaborator in NUNATARYUK
The Societal Impacts of a Changing Environment in Longyearbyen, Svalbard: An Ethnography of Arctic Change
- Olga Povoroznyuk (Ph.D), Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Vienna)
Configurations of Remoteness (CoRe): Entanglements of Humans and Transportation Infrastructure in the Baykal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Region (PI Prof. Peter Schweitzer, UV), funded by FWF, Austria
- Mag. Sigrid Schiesser, PhD candidate (University of Vienna),
Configurations of Remoteness (CoRe): Constructing the AYam and Imagining the Future
- Schweitzer, Peter, Florian Stammler, Cecilie Ebsen, Aytalina Ivanova, and Irina Litvina. 2018. Social Impacts of Non-Renewable Resource Development on Indigenous Communities in Alaska, Greenland, and Russia. In Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, C. Southcott, F. Abele, D. Natcher, and B. Parlee, eds. New York: Routledge, pp. 42-64.
- Povoroznyuk, Olga. 2019. Memories of a Socialist Construction Project: Identity Building and the Politics of Emotions along the Baikal-Amur Mainline. In Sibirica, Vol. 18(1) [forthcoming].
- Kuklina, Vera, Olga Povoroznyuk and Gertrude Saxinger. 2019. Power of Rhythms – Trains and Work along the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in Siberia. Polar Geography, vol. 42 (1).
Povoroznyuk, Olga. A. 2017. Social Dynamics and Sustainability of BAM Communities: Migration, Competition for Resources, and Intergroup Relations. In Marlene Laruelle (ed.), New Mobilities and Social Changes in Russia’s Arctic Regions. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 133-157.
Povoroznyuk Olga. A. 2016. “Gorodskie aborigeny” BAMa: industrial’nyi bum, technosotsial’nye seti i bor’ba za resursy [“Urban aboriginals” of the BAM Region: industrial boom, technosocial networks and competition for resources]. In Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie, No1. Theme issue “Urbanizatsiia i aborigennye kul’tury na Tsirkumpoliarnom severe i v Sibiri” (guest editors: O. Povoroznyuk and D. Funk), pp. 23-41.
Schweitzer, Peter P. 2016. “Albert C. Heinrich and the Post-World War II Trajectory of (Alaskan) Inuit Kinship Studies,” in: Early Inuit Studies: Themes and Transitions in Eskimology, 1850s–1980s. I. Krupnik, ed. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, pp. 265-288.
Schweitzer, Peter. 2016. “Fallstudie: Wer bestimmt über die Ressourcen der Arktis?” in: Handbuch Entwicklungsforschung. K. Fischer, G. Hauck, and M. Boatcă, eds. Springer NachschlageWissen. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer VS, pp. 351-354.
Schweitzer, Peter P. 2016. “Hunter-gatherer situations. Response by Peter P. Schweitzer to Thomas Widlok’s keynote speech (CHAGS XI)”. Hunter-Gatherer Research 2(2): 167-169.
Schweitzer, Peter. 2016. “Korennye narody i urbanizatsiya na Alyaske i na Kanadskom Severe”. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie (1), pp. 10-22.
Marino, Elizabeth, and Schweitzer, Peter. 2016. “Speaking Again of Climate Change: An Analysis of Climate Change Discourses in Northwestern Alaska,” in: Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations. Second edition. S.A. Crate and M. Nuttall, eds. New York: Routledge, pp. 200-209.
Petrov, Andrey N., Shauna BurnSilver, F. Stuart Chapin III, Gail Fondahl, Jessica Graybill, Kathrin Keil, Annika E. Nilsson, Rudolf Riedlsperger and Peter Schweitzer. 2016. “Arctic Sustainability Research: Toward a New Agenda,” Polar Geography 39(3), pp. 165-178. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2016.1217095.
- Schweitzer, P. 2016. “Can one see the Arctic from Vienna?” in Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Website.
- Schweitzer, Peter P. 2015. “Arctic: Sociocultural Aspects.” in: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, James D. Wright, ed. 2nd edition, Vol. 1. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 927–932.
- Larsen, Joan Nymand, Peter Schweitzer, and Andrey Petrov, eds. 2014. Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers.
- Larsen, Joan Nymand, Peter Schweitzer, Andrey Petrov, and Gail Fondahl. 2014. “Tracking Change in Human Development in the Arctic,” in: Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers: 15-53.
- Larsen, Joan Nymand, Peter Schweitzer, and Andrey Petrov. 2014. “Conclusion: Measuring Change in Human Development in the Arctic,” in: Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers: 277-297.
- Schweitzer, Peter. 2014. Alaska, Living Conditions of the Inupiat. In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 122-126.
- Schweitzer, Peter, Ray Barnhardt, Matt Berman, and Lawrence Kaplan. 2014. “The Inuit Regions of Alaska,” in: Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers: 183-224.
- Schweitzer, Peter, Peter Sköld, and Olga Ulturgasheva. 2014. “Cultures and Identities,” in: Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. J.N. Larsen, G. Fondahl, H. Rasmussen, Eds. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers: 105-150.
- Yamin-Pasternak, Sveta, Andrew Kliskey, Lilian Alessa, Igor Pasternak, and Peter Schweitzer. 2014. “The Rotten Renaissance in the Bering Strait: Loving, Loathing, and Washing the Smell of Foods with a (Re)acquired Taste.” Current Anthropology 55(5): 619-646.
- Schweitzer, Peter, Golovko, Evgeniy, and Vakhtin, Nikolai. 2013. “Mixed Communities in the Russian North; or, Why Are There No ‘Creoles’ in Siberia?” Ethnohistory 60(3): 419-438.
- Overland, J and P. Schweitzer. 2012. “Polarization and Polar Climate.” Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 93(40): 390.
- Schweitzer, P. 2011. “Humans in the Coastal Zone of the Circumpolar North,” in North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems. A.L. Lovecraft and H. Eicken, Eds. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press: 253-256.
- Schweitzer, P, S. Irlbacher Fox, Y. Csonka and L. Kaplan. 2010. “Cultural Well-being and Cultural Vitality,” in Arctic Social Indicators. J.N. Larsen, P. Schweitzer, G. Fondahl, eds. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers: 91-108.
- Work Package Co-leader, NUNATARYUK – Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic adaptation, European Union
- Project Leader, “Configurations of ‘Remoteness’ (CoRe): Entanglements of Humans and Transportation Infrastructure in the Baykal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Region” , Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
- Project Leader, “Moved by the State: Perspectives on Relocation and Resettlement in the Circumpolar North” (MOVE) project, BOREAS program, European Science Foundation
- Co-Project Leader, Arctic Social Indicator (ASI) project
- Lead Author of the Chapter on Cultures and Identities for the Arctic Human Development Report II (AHDR-II)
- Steering Committee Member, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA), a Canadian Major Collaborative Research Initiative
- Chair of the Social and Human Sciences Working Group, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)