New PhD student: Patrik Andersson

As of 1 January 2018, the Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic (CIRCLA) and the Research Center on Development and International Relations (DIR) have a new PhD student!

Last modified: 05.01.2018

As of 1 January 2018, I’m enrolled under the doctoral programme Culture and Global Studies, where I'm working on an industrial PhD project with the working title Chinese Arctic Mineral Interests – Investigating Institutional and Political Reach. The project starts from the observation that China’s interest in the Arctic as a source of mineral raw materials has grown in recent years. There is, however, a lack of qualified knowledge concerning China’s intentions and priorities in the Arctic. The project seeks to fill this knowledge gap by identifying, describing, and analysing the Chinese mineral sector’s different geopolitical and geological priorities towards the Arctic, the processes and mechanisms by which they are formed, and how they affect Chinese investments and activities in the Arctic mineral sector.

The project is a collaboration between Aalborg University and The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), and is supported by the Danish Innovation Fund. My main workplace will be at GEUS, but I will also be associated with research groups at CIRCLA and DIR and contribute to the teaching at DIR.

Growing up in Sweden, I have spent most of my adult life in China, where I have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Sichuan University in Chengdu (a city known for its pandas, bamboo parks, and teahouses), and a Master’s degree in Ancient Chinese Literature from Beijing Normal University. In 2014, having spent eight years in China, I returned to Sweden to pursue a Master’s degree in Asian studies at Lund University, where I wrote my dissertation on Chinese politics in 2016.

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