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Erica Dingman

Senior Fellow | Director Arctic in Context

Expertise: Arctic geopolitics; Inuit; Canada – US Relations; energy and environmental security; climate change and sustainability; the politics of oil and gas; sovereignty

Erica Dingman joined the World Policy Institute in 2010 to develop the Institute’s Arctic program, five years prior to the U.S. assuming the Arctic Council chairmanship.  At the turn of the decade, few individuals beyond a handful of academics and government officials were addressing the regional challenges and global implications of the changing Arctic environment. However, actions outside the immediate control of the Arctic dramatically shape its past, present and future. Challenges arising as a result of climate change including governance, biodiversity, security, and commercial development such as shipping and natural resource extraction have far-reaching implications for Arctic indigenous peoples and humanity worldwide. In short, the region’s future depends on a better global understanding of the consequences of decisions made outside of, as well as within, the region.

To address this informational shortcoming, in March 2014, Dingman launched Arctic in Context, a World Policy Institute blog, which provides needed context on Arctic issues at a crucial time for the region. This web-based platform uses maps, timelines, videos, narrative, and analysis to provide an independent, comprehensive, and accessible working overview of the Arctic and fill crucial knowledge gaps. Blog readership hails from locations as far as South Africa and Argentina. In addition, Dingman leads the Arctic program’s in-person events, which former Vice President Al Gore launched in October 2013.

Prior to joining WPI, Dingman was a researcher at the Lower Manhattan Project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy where she developed knowledge of ecosystems related to energy and environmental security. In her previous career, she was a designer and founder of Tyed Thru Tyme, an avant-garde home and women’s accessory business. Her articles have appeared in various publications including the Arctic Yearbook, Diplomatic Courier, Connections the Quarterly Journal, and, of course, Arctic in Context. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from The New School. Born and raised in Canada, Erica is a longtime resident of the United States. She is a citizen of both countries, a duality that greatly influences her research.


M.A. in International Affairs: Concentration Conflict and Security,The New School

B.A. in Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, Dean’s List, The New School

Graduate Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design



"Greenlandic Independence: The Dilemma of Natural Resource Extraction," Arctic Yearbook. October 2014.

“Information Technology Challenges for Energy and Environmental Policy Research,” with co-author Sean S. Costigan, in IR and the global politics of science and technology,edited by M. Mayer, M. Carpes and R. Knoblich, Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2014. 

“Fringe Benefits: Asia is Hot on the Arctic,” with co-author Sean S. Costigan, Diplomatic Courier, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2014.  

Communicating Climate Change: Arctic Indigenous Peoples as Harbingers ofEnvironmental Change," Arctic Yearbook, 2013.  

“The Warming of the Arctic and its Impact on Arctic Security,” Euro Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 2012, 20-21.

Arctic Sustainability: The Predicament of Energy and Environmental Security,” Connections, the Quarterly Journal, Vol. XI, No. 1, Winter 2011, 1-10.  

“Environmental Politics: How Technology has changed the Debate” in Cyberspaces and Global Affairs edited by Sean Costigan and Jake Perry, Ashgate, 2012.

Contributed to the policy newsletter, Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue. “European Union and the Inuit Circumpolar Council: Prospects for a Common Arctic Vision,” November 2011. Article also appeared in the European Union Centres of Excellence Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter 2011.

Working Together for Arctic Security,” World Policy Institute Blog, November 29, 2011

Arctic Leaks,” World Policy Institute Blog, June 9, 2011

Sovereignty Matters: States, Security and Climate Change in the Arctic,” The New School’s International Affairs Working Paper Series, May 2011.

The Arctic: Cooperation or Confrontation?”  World Policy Institute Blog, March 23, 2011

Has Canada Shown its Arcticness?Connections, the Quarterly Journal, Vol. X, No. 1, Winter 2010, 24-45



Panelist at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 18 – 21 February 2015. “Keeping the ‘Green’ in Greenland.”

Panelist at Energy, Environment and Security in Asia sponsored by Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Reserve Officers Association, in Washington, D.C., 5 April 2012. “Asia’s Expanding Interest in the Arctic.”

Panelist at The European Union, Canada, and the Arctic: Challenges of International Governance, in Ottawa, Canada, 22-23 September 2011. Sustainable Development and Networked Governance: The EU and the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

Panelist at Going North: Accessing the Implications of Arctic Exploration & Development sponsored by NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and the Quebec Government, 2011. Reported in Mia Bennett ‘s Foreign Policy Blog “Arctic Panel Discussion: Science, Sovereignty, and the Inuit.”

Speaker at the New School’s Econsecurity Study Group. “Arctic Security,” March 2011.

Panelist at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal Canada, 16-19 March 2011. “Arctic Sovereignty: Is Climate Change the Linchpin that Redefines the Very Term?”

Guest lecturer at New York University for the class Green Design for a Living World. “Arctic Climate Change: A Northern Perspective,” 2010.

Panelist at the 17th Inuit Studies Conference at Université du Québec en Abitibi- Témiscamingue, 28-30 October 2010. “Does Climate Change Redefine Sovereignty?”

Panelist Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies, Providence, Rhode Island, 30 September-3 October 2010. “Has Canada Shown its Arcticness?”





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