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Tania Kossberg M.A., MPhil

Tania Kossberg M.A., MPhil

PhD Candidate

Tania's research examines health care services in the Arctic. Her focus is on how individuals, communities and institutions inform, adapt and interact, and what kind of strategies and decision-making they use to cope with their health and that of people around them.



  • PhD Candidate, Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England (2008 – present)
  • MPhil, Geographical Research, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, England (2008)
  • Magistra Artium, Ethnology, Sociology and Educational Studies, Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2005)

Awards and scholarships

  • ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) - EU fees only, 2007 - 2012
  • DRS (Domestic Research Studentship), University of Cambridge, 2007 - 2012
  • Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • Tennant Fund and Scandinavian Studies Fund 2011, University of Cambridge, 2011


Tania's research focuses on the role and performance of health and social care institutions, and on how people experience, understand and cope with their own state of health and that of people around them. The purpose of this research is to examine how improvements in health care access, quality of health and social care services and outcomes can be achieved.

The research addresses social factors leading to ill health including lifestyle, lack of access to health care, socio-economic and psychosocial stress, inequality and poverty. Her work further documents interactions and discourses within social networks and information systems. This is conducted through close-up ethnographic methods within a regional scale which also includes indigenous narratives about Indigenous health. She also has a specific interest in evaluating and developing methodological approaches in health and social care which are culturally appropriate to different institutional, communal and ecological settings.

Wider research interests:

  • Health Geography / Sociology / Anthropology
  • Health care systems
  • Ecological health, human ecology
  • Urban studies and the study of institutions
  • Human dimensions of environmental and social change
  • Perceptions and human impact of global warming
  • Research Methodologies


  • Supervisor, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge (Michaelmas term 2008)

External activities

  • Member, Royal Geographical Society