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Miss Henny Lie-Skarpholt

Miss Henny Lie-Skarpholt

MPhil in Polar Studies student

Norwegian student with a keen interest in Arctic geopolitics, governance and Norwegian fishery diplomacy.



  • Summer 2021: Intern, Avyanna Diplomacy
  • Summer 2016: Campaign funding associate, Norwegian Youth Politics


  • 2018-2021 BSc International Politics First Class Honours, City University of London
  • 2021-2022: MA International Relations Distinction, King's College London


Henny's research seeks to understand and address the emerging political-economic dynamics of the Arctic region through an understanding of security, diplomacy and geopolitics.

Her dissertation seeks to understand how biosystemic and political-economic changes will exacerbate the degree and significance of fishery conflicts in the Barents Sea. As global warming will increase inequality over fish stocks distributions between the Global North and South we may expect growing competition over the growing fish stocks in the Barents Sea. Simultaneously, the general militarisation of the Barents region and the Ukraine War have hindered the continuance of institutions and frameworks for cooperation that previously mitigated and resolved fishery conflicts. Her research will therefore showcase how the Ukraine War is creating a conflict between Norwegian relations with western partners and allies and Russo-Norwegian fisheries management in the Barents Sea.

For her MA at Kings College London, Henny's dissertation researched "Why has Chinese economic activity in the Arctic become a Nordic security issue"? The dissertation showcased important nuances in the conflicting perceptions between local communities and national authorities on issues of security and economic development and the tensions this creates.


External activities


  • August/September 2022: Co-sailor and volunteer for the journey Palau-Japan, Statsraad Lehmkuhl One Ocean Expedition


  • 2019: Member of the International Committee, Norwegian Youth Politics