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Global Interactions - the Antarctic Exerience

Ellen-Jane Browne.

The paper arises from my own doctoral research into the environmental management of the Antarctic continent and in particular the policy and practices of the seven claimant nations and the United States.

During the course of this research it became apparent that, over the past forty years, the profession of 'science' provided a bridge to break down many of the political barriers that existed between Antarctic nations. The paper demonstrates that science provided a medium for joint initiatives on the continent even whilst the political realm was fraught with difficulty - thus England and Argentina worked together during the Falklands war, the United and Russia during the cold war, etc.

In examining these relationships and the role science plays in managing the Antarctic the paper suggests that, just as the Antarctic Treaty System has provided scholars with the model of 'an ideal' treaty, so too might an exploration of the profession 'science' assist our understanding of the role professions play in global interaction.


Ellen-Jane Browne  (Australia)
Executive Manager
Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services
RMIT University

  • Antarctica
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Science and Politics
  • Professions
  • Global interaction

(30 min Conference Paper, English)