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Hanne Nielsen

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Hanne E F Nielsen

Lecturer in Antarctic Law and Governance

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hanne.nielsen@utas.edu.au

Dr. Hanne Nielsen is a Lecturer in Antarctic Law and Governance at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. Her research focusses on representations of Antarctica in popular media, including in theatre and advertising material; polar tourism; and Antarctica as a workplace.

Hanne was recognised as an emerging research leader as the first HASS-based researcher to be awarded a Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship in 2017. She is a past President (2017-18) of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the SCAR Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS).

Biography

Dr Hanne Nielsen specialises in representations of Antarctica in popular culture, including the “Antarctic imaginaries” that manifest in cultural production. Originally from New Zealand, she first visited Antarctica with the University of Canterbury in 2011 and has been involved in Antarctic research ever since. Her research has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed journals and edited book collections while her frequent media appearances have helped raise the profile of Antarctic humanities and social sciences research.

Hanne holds a BA (Hons) in German and English Literature from the University of Auckland (2011) and a Masters of Antarctic Studies from the University of Canterbury (2013). Building on her background in literary studies, Hanne came to the University of Tasmania in 2015 to work on a PhD on representations of Antarctica in advertising (completed 2017). She has worked as a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania since 2019.

Having spent 5 seasons working as a tour guide in the Southern Ocean, Hanne has a particular interest in the contemporary practices of polar tourism as well as Antarctica as a workplace. She has also attended several Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings as a rapporteur. In the classroom Hanne has taught across English, Governance, and Antarctic Studies, where she draws on real world governance examples of how science, policy, and cultural production intersect.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD - University of Tasmania: Brand Antarctica: Selling Representations of the South from the ‘Heroic Era’ to the Present (Awarded 2018)
  • MAntaStud - University of Canterbury, New Zealand: The Wide White Stage: Representations of Antarctica in Theatrical Productions (1930-2011) (Awarded 2013)
  • PCAS - University of Canterbury, New Zealand: Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (Awarded 2012)
  • BA (First Class Honours) - University of Auckland, New Zealand: Major in German, Minor in English (Awarded 2011)

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Executive Committee of the Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). This group brings together international researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the Antarctic region.
  • SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training Committee (CBET). This committee promotes initiatives to raise national scientific capacities around Antarctic research.
  • Book Reviews Editor, The Polar Journal. This journal is a peer-reviewed forum for the scholarly discussion of polar issues from a social science and humanities perspective.
  • Past President (2017-18) of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Administrative expertise

Hanne has served on the organising committees for several international conferences, including the SCAR Open Science Conference (2020), and the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Depths and Surfaces conference (2017). As the President of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Hanne led an international organisation of over 3000 researchers and oversaw the 2018 APECS World Summit, which included representatives from 24 nations.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Hanne completed ELT501: Foundations of University Learning and Teaching at UTAS in 2015. She has contributed to a range of courses, including:

  • KSA101: Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science A - UTAS
  • KSA201: Governing Antarctica (Lecturer) - UTAS
  • KSA302: International Marine Management  - UTAS
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (Guest Lecturer) – University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Sweden in Society (Guest Lecturer) – KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  • MOOC “Antarctica: From Geology to Human History” - Victoria University, New Zealand

Teaching responsibility

View more on Dr Hanne Nielsen in WARP

Expertise

  • Antarctic imaginaries
  • Polar tourism and travel
  • Literature and environment
  • Gender and the polar regions
  • Antarctica as a workplace
  • Antarctic theatre and performance
  • Advertising Antarctica
  • Polar history and geopolitics

Research Themes

Hanne’s research aligns with the University's theme of Marine, Antarctica and Maritime. With a focus on representations of Antarctica, she aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of the Antarctic region within the humanities and social science research communities, and to build bridges between the worlds of policy and science. Hanne is also a member of the CALE Antarctic Engagements Research Group.

Collaboration

Hanne actively participates in the international network of Antarctic humanities and social sciences scholars. She has co-authored papers and co-edited a journal special issue with a diverse range of researchers from musicology, psychology, glaciology, sociology and literary studies. Hanne regularly works with UTAS colleagues on Antarctic projects, including Professor Elizabeth Leane and Dr Carolyn Philpott. As lead of work package 3 of the SCAR project on COVID-19 and Antarctica, Hanne facilitates collaborations with polar tourism researchers around the world. She visited KTH Stockholm for 4 months as SCAR Fellow in 2018 and has presented invited talks at the Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge, UK); University of Bristol (UK); University of Edinburgh (Scotland); University of Auckland (NZ) and the Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

Awards

Hanne was recognised as an emerging research leader as the first HASS-based researcher to be awarded a Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship in 2017 and was invited to participate in the 2019 Emerging Research Leaders Program at UTAS. Awards include a McColl Fellowship to American Geographical Society Library (2015), an Environment Research Group Travel Grant University of Tasmania, (2015), and an elite APA PhD Scholarship (2014-2017).

Current projects

  • Advertising and Antarctica
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on Antarctic Tourism
  • Profiling the Antarctic Guide: The role of the tour guide in Antarctica
  • Intersectionality in the Antarctic workplace

Fields of Research

  • Environmental sociology (441002)
  • Social change (441004)
  • Environment policy (440704)
  • Literary studies (470599)
  • Tourism (350899)
  • Tourism management (350803)
  • Other language, communication and culture (479999)
  • Other Indigenous studies (459999)
  • Impacts of tourism (350801)
  • History of empires, imperialism and colonialism (430313)
  • Historical studies (430399)
  • Environmental politics (440805)
  • Research, science and technology policy (440710)
  • Climate change processes (370201)
  • Drama, theatre and performance studies (360403)
  • International relations (440808)
  • Social psychology (520505)
  • Environmental philosophy (500304)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Cultural studies (470299)
  • Sociology (441099)
  • Other creative arts and writing (369999)
  • Musicology and ethnomusicology (360306)
  • Other environmental sciences (419999)
  • Literature in German (470517)
  • Social geography (440610)
  • Other history, heritage and archaeology (439999)
  • Tourist behaviour and visitor experience (350806)
  • Performing arts (360499)
  • Gender studies (440599)
  • Defence studies (440804)
  • Cultural geography (440601)
  • Space, maritime and aviation law (480311)
  • Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) (470502)
  • Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting) (360201)
  • Fine arts (360602)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Social and personality psychology (520599)
  • Communication studies (470101)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
  • Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services (280106)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Socio-cultural issues in tourism (110402)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • International organisations (230303)
  • Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180499)
  • Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies (280122)
  • Arts (130199)
  • Understanding past societies (130799)
  • Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies (280117)
  • Conserving natural heritage (130404)
  • The performing arts (130104)
  • Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180406)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Tourism services (110499)
  • Literature (130203)
  • Understanding the past of the Americas (130706)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Tourism infrastructure development (110403)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Intelligence, surveillance and space (140105)
  • Water policy (incl. water allocation) (190211)
  • Communication (130299)

Publications

Dr Nielsen has been invited to contribute chapters to a number of collections on Antarctic humanities and social sciences, where she provides perspectives on the commercial history of Antarctica and creative engagements with the far south. Her research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals and has achieved widespread impact, including

Dr Nielsen is the book reviews editor for The Polar Journal.

Total publications

47

Journal Article

(17 outputs)
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2022Nielsen HE, Arpi BA, McGee JS, Haward MG, 'All Eyes On Antarctica: ATCM XLIV', Australian Outlook, (25 May) pp. 1-4. ISSN 0004-9913 (2022) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Arpi BA; McGee JS; Haward MG

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2021Leane E, Lucas CH, Marx K, Datta D, Nielsen H, et al., 'From gateway to custodian city: Understanding urban residents' sense of connectedness to Antarctica', Geographical Research, 59, (4) pp. 522-536. ISSN 1745-5863 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12490 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Leane E; Lucas CH; Marx K; Datta D

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2020Alexander KA, Liggett D, Leane E, Nielsen HEF, Bailey JL, et al., 'What and who is an Antarctic ambassador?', Polar Record, 55, (6) pp. 497-506. ISSN 0032-2474 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247420000194 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Alexander KA; Leane E; Brasier MJ; Haward M

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2020Nash M, Nielsen H, 'Gendered power relations and sexual harassment in Antarctic science in the age of #metoo', Australian Feminist Studies pp. 1-12. ISSN 0816-4649 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2020.1774864 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Nash M

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2019Nash M, Nielsen HEF, Shaw J, King MA, Lea MA, et al., ''Antarctica just has this hero factor...': Gendered barriers to Australian Antarctic research and remote fieldwork', PLoS ONE, 14, (1) Article e0209983. ISSN 1932-6203 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209983 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Nash M; Shaw J; King MA; Lea MA; Bax N

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2019Nielsen HEF, Lucas CH, Leane E, 'Rethinking Tasmania's regionality from an Antarctic perspective: flipping the map', M/C Journal, 22, (3) Article 1528. ISSN 1441-2616 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Lucas CH; Leane E

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2018Eayrs C, Nielsen HEF, 'POLAR2018: where the poles come together a report from an Antarctic perspective', The Polar Journal, 8, (2) pp. 420-422. ISSN 2154-896X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2018.1541837 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Hindshaw RS, Mariash H, Vick-Majors TJ, Thornton AE, Pope A, et al., 'A decade of shaping the futures of polar early career researchers: a legacy of the International Polar Year', Polar Record, 54, (5-6) pp. 312-323. ISSN 0032-2474 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247418000591 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7

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2018Nielsen H, Philpott C, 'The Polar Journal', 8, (1) ISSN 2154-896X (2018) [Edited Journal]

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Co-authors: Philpott C

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2018Nielsen H, Philpott C, 'Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences', The Polar Journal, 8, (1) ISSN 2154-896X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2018.1468624 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Philpott C

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2018Nielsen HE, Jaksic C, 'Recruitment advertising for Antarctic personnel: between adventure and routine', Polar Record, 54, (14 March 2019) ISSN 0032-2474 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247418000207 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2018Nielsen HEF, 'Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) World Summit', The Polar Journal, 8, (2) pp. 419-420. ISSN 2154-896X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2018.1541836 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Leane E, Nielsen HEF, 'American cows in Antarctica: Richard Byrd's polar dairy as symbolic settler colonialism', Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 18, (2) pp. 1-13. ISSN 1532-5768 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/cch.2017.0024 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Leane E

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2016Nielsen HEF, 'Hoofprints in Antarctica: Byrd, media, and the golden Guernseys', Polar Journal, 6, (2) pp. 342-357. ISSN 2154-896X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2016.1253825 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2015Nielsen HEF, 'Staging the south: two contemporary Antarctic plays', The Polar Journal, 5, (1) pp. 203-217. ISSN 2154-896X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2015.1025494 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Leane E, Philpott C, Nielsen H, 'Scott at the opera: interpreting Das Opfer (1937)', Polar Journal, 4, (2) pp. 354-376. ISSN 2154-896X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2014.954884 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Leane E; Philpott C

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2013Nielsen H, Leane Elizabeth, ''Scott of the Antarctic' on the German Stage: Reinhard Goering's Die Sudpolexpedition des Kapitans Scott', New Theatre Quarterly, 29, (3) pp. 278-293. ISSN 0266-464X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0266464X13000468 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Leane Elizabeth

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Chapter in Book

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Nielsen H, 'Fictional Representations of Antarctic Tourism and Climate Change: To the Ends of the World', Postcolonial Literatures of Climate Change, Brill, R McDougall, J Ryan and P Reynolds (ed), Leiden, pp. 334-360. ISBN 9789004514171 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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2022Roldan G, Nielsen H, 'Antarcticness at the ends of the world', Antarcticness: Inspirations and imaginaries, UCL Press, I Kelman (ed), London, pp. 31-59. ISBN 9781800081468 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800081444 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Nielsen H, 'Identifying with Antarctica in the Ecocultural Imaginary', Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity, Routledge, T Milstein and J Castro-Sotomayor (ed), Abingdon, pp. 1-33. ISBN 9781138478411 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781351068840 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Nielsen HEF, 'Staging the Construction of Place in Two Antarctic Plays', Performing Ice, Palgrave Macmillan, M Delbridge, E Leane and CJ Philpott (ed), London, pp. 27-54. ISBN 9783030473877 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-47388-4_2 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Leane E, Nielsen HE, ''Gateway Tourism': Exploring Antarctica in Tasmania', Tourism in Tasmania, Forty South Publishing, CS Ooi and A Hardy (ed), Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 88-100. ISBN 9780648675761 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Leane E

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2019Nielsen H, 'Save the penguins: Antarctic advertising and the PR of protection', Anthropocene Antarctica: Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, Routledge, E Leane and J McGee (ed), Abingdon, pp. 117-132. ISBN 9781138367593 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780429429705-8 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Nielsen HEF, 'Knowledge, Language, and Antarctica: Teaching, Studying, and Theorizing at the Ends of the Earth', Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, Springer Nature, SD Brunn and R Kehrein (ed), Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 1-19. ISBN 978-3-319-73400-2 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73400-2_123-1 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Nielsen HE, 'Selling the south: Marketing and commercialisation of Antarctica', Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica, Edward Elgar, K Dodds, AD Hemmings and P Roberts (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 183-199. ISBN 978 1 78471 767 4 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Nielsen H, 'Book review of 'Toward Antarctica: An Exploration'', The Polar Journal, 9, (2) pp. 462-464. ISSN 2154-896X (2019) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2019.1678988 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Nielsen HE, 'Class and Colonialism in Antarctic Exploration: 1750-1920, by Ben Maddison', The Polar Journal, 5, (2) (2015) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Nash M, Nielsen H, 'Gendered power relations and sexual harassment in Antarctic science and remote fieldwork in the age of #MeToo', Proceedings of Gender and Sexuality at Work: A Multidisciplinary Research and Engagement Conference, 18 February 2020, University of Melbourne, pp. 54-58. (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Nash M

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Other Public Output

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Janssen AR, Badhe R, Bransome NC, Bricher P, Cavanagh R, et al., 'Southern Ocean Action Plan 2021-2030: In support of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development' (2022) [Report Other]

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6412191 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bricher P; Corney S

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2022Nielsen HE, 'Discovery of the Endurance shipwreck in Antarctica', 2SER 107.3, Sydney, 17 March (2022) [Media Interview]

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2022Nielsen HE, 'SCAR Tourism Action Group (Ant-TAG)', Agenda Item ATCM 17, Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty, XLIV Consultative Meeting, Berlin, IP 75, 22 April (2022) [Report Other]

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2022Nielsen HE, 'The scientist meets the tour operator (#162)', Think Sustainability, Megaphone, 2SER (2022) [Media Interview]

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2022Nielsen HE, Cajiao D, Roldan G, Benayas J, Herbert A, et al., 'Is COVID-19 helping or hindering effective management of Antarctic tourism?', Polar Perspectives, Polar Institute, Washington, DC, 10, March (2022) [Report Other]

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2022Nielsen HE, Mackintosh A, 'Research shows human carbon footprint on Antarctica: interview with Annie Guest', ABC Radio AM program, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 23 February (2022) [Media Interview]

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2020Nash M, Nielsen H, Bax N, 'The #MeToo Movement Faces Unique Hurdles: interview with Gina Rushton', BuzzFeed News, Australia (2020) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Nash M; Bax N

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2020Nielsen HE, 'Radio interview', Your Afternoon with Paul McIntyre, ABC Radio 936, Hobart, Tasmania, 23 November (2020) [Media Interview]

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2019Nielsen H, '60 Years of the Antarctic Treaty: Interview with Ryk Goddard', Breakfast, ABC Local Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 24 September (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Nielsen H, 'Interview with John X', ABC Local Radio Breakfast Show, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Monday 4 November (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Nielsen H, Liggett D, Leane E, 'Antarctic Protected Areas: A Humanities and Social Sciences Perspective', Workshop on Further Developing the Antarctica Protected Area System, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, United Kingdom, 4 June, pp. 1-3. (2019) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Leane E

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2019Nielsen H, Roldan G, 'Our neighbour to the South: the Antarctic treaty', The Kiwi Diary, New Zealand, pp. 1-2. (2019) [Magazine Article]

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2019Nielsen HE, 'Tourism and Antarctica: Interview with Louise Saunders', Evenings, ABC Radio HOBART, Australia, 3 June (2019) [Media Interview]

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2018Lorenzo C, Roldan G, Estenssoro F, Nielsen HE, 'Exploring Antarctica: how is a continent dedicated to peace and science governed?', La Lupa Magazine, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) - Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas (CADIC), Ushuaia, Argentina, 12 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2018Nielsen H, 'International Women's Day Special on Challenges facing Women in Antarctica', Your Afternoon with Piia Wirsu, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 8 March 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Nielsen HE, 'Remembering Antarctica's nuclear past with Nukey Poo'', The Conversation, The Conversation Trust, Melbourne, Australia, 23 July (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Nielsen H, 'Towards the Incorporation of the Humanities and Social Sciences into Large Polar Research Projects: Workshop Report', European Polar Board, European Polar Board, Hobart, Tasmania, 7 July, pp. 1-21. (2017) [Report Other]

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2017Nielsen HEF, Leane E, 'Cows in Antarctica? How one expedition milked them for all their worth', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 14 August 2017 (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Leane E

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2015Ligget D, Leane E, Chaturvedi S, Hemmings A, Nielsen HE, et al., 'Report on the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG)', Excom Meeting, The International Council for Science, Tromso, Norway, pp. 1-12. (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Leane E

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$508,915

Projects

AAD-UTAS public engagement collaboration (2022 - 2023)$30,000
Description
The AAD-HASS project. The AAD does not have baseline data around the public's understanding of, and support for, Australia's activities in Antarctica. The funding detailed here covers two questionnaires - the AuSSA (national) and Tasmania Project (Tasmania) - that will run from January 2022. AuSSA, The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes, is coordinated by Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI), which is a is a not-for-profit organisation.
Funding
Australian Antarctic Division ($30,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tranter BK; Leane E; Konkes C; Hunt LF; Nielsen HE
Period
2022 - 2023
Investigating the role of Australian ice core research within the formation of Australian water security policies and their relevant successes - PhD top up (2022)$35,000
Description
Australia is at the forefront of untangling the intricacies of the climate system. Antarctic ice cores have been shown to extendour current knowledge of local weather conditions across the Australian continent. However, there is no definitive way todetermine if cutting-edge ice core research has had any tangible influence on climate policies in the regional and remote areasof Australia that currently face water challenges.This project aims to investigate the role of Australian ice core research within the formation of national and global climatepolicies and their relevant successes. The research will identify the ways science feeds into Australian policy and makerecommendations regarding data-based decision making on questions of water security going forwards, in order to improvedata-based decision- making about water security across Australia.This project asks: What is the relationship between Antarctic science and water policy? How can ice core research findings address questions of water security in Australia? How can rural and regional communities in Australia use the findings of ice core research to inform their own decisionmaking processes?In resolving these questions the project will develop a transferable framework for enabling those in rural and regional areas tomake meaningful connections with ice core data, ensuring resilient and adaptable drought practices.
Funding
University of Newcastle ($35,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nielsen HE; Long CA
Year
2022
Creative Antarctica: Australian Artists and Writers in the Far South (2022 - 2024)$314,000
Description
The project aims to make the rich history of Australian artists' and writers' engagement with Antarctica visible through an innovative combination of critical, curatorial, and qualitative research. It expects to generate new interdisciplinary knowledge of creative responses to the South Polar region. Anticipated outcomes include the first comprehensive history and analysis of the Antarctic stories, sounds, and images produced by Australian artists and writers and recommendations for maximising Antarctic residency outcomes. At a time when Antarctica's future is threatened by warming temperatures and geopolitical tensions, the project provides significant benefits in the form of broader and deeper public engagement with the ice continent.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($314,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E; Philpott CJ; Samartzis P; Williams SL; Walch MB; Nielsen HE; Fox W; Yasuda S
Period
2022 - 2024
Grant Reference
DP220103005
Transforming Tourists' Antarctic Experience (2020 - 2022)$125,000
Description
With the Antarctic tourist industry currently growing and diversifying, the project aims to discover how cruiseoperators can foster positive and culturally informed relationships with the region among visitors of differentnational backgrounds. Through extensive in-situ fieldwork with partner Intrepid Travel, the project expects togenerate new understandings of how operators' active mediating role combines with multisensory experience ofAntarctica to forge human connections with this extreme but fragile place. Anticipated outcomes include protocolsfor best practice in designing and implementing tourist experiences. By encouraging diverse visitors to valueAntarctica, the project should benefit both operators and the polar environment.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($100,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E; Ooi CS; Hardy A; Philpott CJ; Nielsen HE
Period
2020 - 2022
Grant Reference
LP190101116
Gender Equity in Antarctic Research (2017)$4,915
Description
Women are underrepresented in STEMM/leadership positions worldwide (ABS 2014). Although women comprise 50% of PhDs in Natural and Physical Sciences in Australia, they comprise only 16% of senior academic leaders (SAGE 2017). Implicit biases/discrimination, gender stereotyping, family obligations, and lack of role models are all barriers to women's advancement (e.g. Roberts 2014). 60% of polar ECRs are women; yet, there is no public data on gender equity in Australian Antarctic science (Strugnell et al. 2016). Existing research primarily tracks publications/other similar metrics to measure women's STEMM participation. However, this approach risks recognising women only if they behave 'like men', ignoring disproportionate rates of sexual harassment experienced by women. Women in Antarctic research are 3.5 times more likely to experience harassment than men (Clancy et al. 2014).To fill this gap, this project uses an intersectional approach to develop a baseline understanding of the characteristics of women in Australian Antarctic research and their research experiences to inform long-term responses to gendered inequality in the field.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,915)
Scheme
Grant-MAM Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nash MB; Lea MA; King MA; Nielsen HE; Bax N
Year
2017

Research Supervision

Dr Nielsen welcomes contact from HDR candidates with an interest in Antarctic policy, Antarctic tourism, and representations of Antarctica in cultural production.

Current

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSatellite-based monitoring of maritime activities in remote waters2020
PhDUntangling Economic Risk, Perceptions and Trade-offs2021
PhDGateway Cities and Antarctic Futures: Developing methods for inclusive community contributions2022
PhDCrime, Deviance and Other Socio-Cultural Transgressions in Extreme and Remote Environments2022
PhDAntarctic Ice Cores and Australian Water Security2022