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Marc Jacobsen, BSc, MSc, MA, PhD

Marc Jacobsen, BSc, MSc, MA, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Marc Jacobsen's main research interests are Arctic identity, diplomacy and security politics, which he approaches through readings and observations of discourse and praxis. Currently he is writing about sovereignty and security questions in Greenland with particular focus on the United States' renewed interest, while he is co-editing a book about (de)securitisation dynamics in Greenland (w. Ulrik Pram Gad and Ole Wæver).

For more info, see Marc Jacobsen's personal website.



  • 2022 - present: Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies.
  • 2020 – present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.
  • 2019–2020: External Lecturer, University of Greenland, Institute of Social Science, Economics and Journalism.


  • 2019: PhD International Politics, University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science.
  • 2014: MSc. Political Communication & Management, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy.
  • 2013: MA International Relations, University of Westminster, Department of Politics and International Relations [Distinction].
  • 2010: BSc. Social Science and Communication, University of Roskilde, Department of Society and Globalisation.


  • The Carlsberg Foundation's Reintegration Fellowship (2022).
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2021-2022
  • The Carlsberg Foundation's Internationalisation Fellowship (2019).


Marc Jacobsen's postdoctoral research project examines how Greenland geopolitics are formed by military and diplomatic activities which activate new and recurring understandings of security and sovereignty across different scales and sectors. The project pays particular attention to renewed US engagements in Greenland by scrutinising the underlying reasons and potential consequences of the Thule Air Base and the US Consulate in Nuuk. How these are justified and how configurations of sovereignty are legitimised in the triangular relations - between Greenland, Denmark and the United States - are parsed through ethnographic observations, interviews and discourse analyses. The research project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation's Internationalisation Fellowship and associated with Richard Powell's Arctic Cultures project.

In his doctoral thesis, Dr. Jacobsen investigated how Greenland's and Denmark's foreign policy representatives (inter)act – together as well as separately – in discursive Arctic contexts in the light of renewed geopolitical attention towards the Circumpolar North. As Denmark's status as an Arctic state is conditioned upon Greenland's geographic location and continuous membership of the Danish Realm, dependency between the former colony and coloniser has been reconfigured, leaving Greenland with an 'Arctic advantage' in the postcolonial negotiations. This advantage is used to enhance Greenland's foreign policy autonomy and to alter the relationship towards one of more equality.


Peer reviewed articles and book chapters


  • 2019-2020: Arctic International Politics and Greenland's Foreign Policy, University of Greenland.
  • 2016-2017: Greenland at the Crossroads: Climate Change, Global Arctic Interests and Regional Political Developments, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2016-2017: International Political Theory, University of Copenhagen.

External activities

  • Affiliated researcher, The Arctic Institute: Center for Circumpolar Security Studies.
  • Affiliated researcher, Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST).
  • Affiliated researcher, Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic (CIRCLA)
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA).
  • Member, Danish Foreign Policy Society.
  • Member, International Arctic Social Science Association (IASSA).
  • Member, the Greenlandic Society.
  • Member, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).