With the current focus on climate change, the Antarctic has emerged as a region of intense interest for non-scientists as well as scientists. For a decade now the University of Tasmania has been building its capacity in non-science areas of Antarctic Studies, including cultural history, textual and artistic representation, tourism, geography and geopolitics, environmental management, policy, governance and law.
Antarctic Engagements is a network of researchers across the University working to understand the social, cultural and political dimension of human engagement with the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region, past, present and future. Strategically located at a “polar gateway,” our group aims to strengthen and broaden the University's international reputation for excellence in Antarctic research. By diversifying the University’s knowledge base in this area, the group helps to foster the holistic interdisciplinary approach that is increasingly recognised as necessary to deal with the problems currently facing humanity.