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Publications - Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics (HCEP)

Publications - Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics (HCEP)

Recent publications on this area of research are listed here.

You can also browse listings of all recent publications by members of the Institute and within each person's biography page.


Studying Arctic Fields: Cultures, Practices, and Environmental Sciences

Journal articles


  • Cubaynes, H.C., Rees, W.G., Jackson, J.A., Moore, M., Sformo, T.L., McLellan, W.A., Niemeyer, M.E., George, J.C., Hoop, J., Forcada, J., Trathan, P. and Fretwell, P.T., 2020. Spectral reflectance of whale skin above the sea surface: a proposed measurement protocol. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, doi:10.1002/rse2.155.
  • Rees, W.G., Hofgaard, A., Boudreau, S., Cairns, D.M., Harper, K., Mamet, S., Mathisen, I., Swirad, Z. and Tutubalina, O., 2020. Is subarctic forest advance able to keep pace with climate change?. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.15113.


  • Guo, W. and Rees, W.G., 2019. Altitudinal forest-tundra ecotone categorization using texture-based classification. Remote Sensing of Environment, v. 232, p.111312-. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111312.
  • Powell, R., 2019. Polar expertise and the Antarcticans. Progress in Human Geography, v. 43, p.390-391. doi:10.1177/0309132517744705a.
  • Teleti, P., Rees, W.G., Dowdeswell, J. and Wilkinson, C., accepted 2019. A historical Southern Ocean climate dataset from whaling ships’ logbooks. Geoscience Data Journal.
  • Vignols, R.M., Marshall, G.J., Rees, W.G., Zaika, Y., Phillips, T. and Blinova, I., 2019. Assessing snow cover changes in the Kola Peninsula, Arctic Russia, using a synthesis of MODIS snow products and station observations. The Cryosphere Discussions, p.1-33. doi:10.5194/tc-2019-9.


  • Marshall, G.J., Kivinen, S., Jylhä, K., Vignols, R.M. and Rees, W.G., 2018. The accuracy of climate variability and trends across Arctic Fennoscandia in four reanalyses. International Journal of Climatology, v. 38, p.3878-3895. doi:10.1002/joc.5541.


  • Powell, R.C., Klinke, I., Jazeel, T., Daley, P., Kamata, N., Heffernan, M., Swain, A., McConnell, F., Barry, A. and Phillips, R., 2017. Interventions in the political geographies of ‘area’. Political Geography, v. 57, p.94-104. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2016.03.004.
  • Rees, W.G., Brown, J.A., Fretwell, P.T. and Trathan, P.N., 2017. What colour is penguin guano?. Antarctic Science, v. 29, p.417-425. doi:10.1017/s0954102017000190.


  • Bravo, M., 2015. Ludger Müller-Wille. The Franz Boas Enigma: Inuit, Arctic, and Sciences . 186 pp., illus., bibl., index. Montreal: Baraka Books, 2014. $24.95 (paper). Isis, v. 106, p.958-959. doi:10.1086/684656.
  • Bravo, M., 2015. The Postcolonial Arctic. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, v. 15, p.93-111.
  • Kasimov, N.S., Golubeva, E.I., Lurie, I.K., Zimin, M.V., Samsonov, T.E., Tutubalina, O.V., Rees, W.G., Mikheeva, A.I. and Alyautdinov, A.R., 2015. Library of spectral characteristics of geographical objects within the structure of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Geoportal. Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta, Seriya 5: Geografiya, v. 2015-January, p.3-8.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. History and philosophy of geography III. Progress in Human Geography, v. 39, p.827-843. doi:10.1177/0309132515607104.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. Notes on a geographical canon? Measures, models and scholarly enterprise. Journal of Historical Geography, v. 49, p.2-8. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2015.04.011.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. Geography and politics redux? Introduction to the Virtual Issue. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, v. 40, p.596-602. doi:10.1111/tran.12097.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. History and philosophy of geography II. Progress in Human Geography, v. 39, p.486-496. doi:10.1177/0309132514534790.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. The study of geography? Franz Boas and his canonical returns. Journal of Historical Geography, v. 49, p.21-30. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2015.04.018.
  • Powell, R.C., 2015. Book Review: Postcolonial Sovereignty? The Nisaga'a Final Agreement. British Journal of Canadian Studies, v. 28, p.134-134. doi:10.3828/bjcs.2015.7.
  • Powell, R.C. and Wilson, R.M., 2015. What Futures for the Pillar of Geography? A Report on the 16th International Conference of Historical Geographers, London. Historical Geography, v. 43, p.1-4.
  • Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. What is a reindeer? Indigenous perspectives from northeast Siberia. Polar Record, v. 51, p.413-421. doi:10.1017/s0032247414000333.
  • Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. Casting Timeshadows: Pleasure and Sadness of Moving among Nomadic Reindeer Herders in north-east Siberia. Mobilities, v. 10, p.518-530. doi:10.1080/17450101.2015.1062298.
  • Willerslev, R., Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. Defending the thesis on the ‘hunter's double bind’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, v. 21, p.28-31. doi:10.1111/1467-9655.12146.
  • Willerslev, R., Vitebsky, P. and Alekseyev, A., 2015. Sacrifice as the ideal hunt: a cosmological explanation for the origin of reindeer domestication. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, v. 21, p.1-23. doi:10.1111/1467-9655.12142.

Book chapters

  • Bravo, M.T., 2019. Indigenous Evangelical Voyaging: Authorship and Perspective, in Terrall, M. and Craciun, A. (eds.) Curious Encounters: Voyaging, Collecting, and Making Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Toronto Press.
  • Bravo, M.T., 2017. A Crypolitics to Reclaim our Frozen Material States, in Kowal, E. and Radin, J. (eds.) Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, MIT Press.
  • Powell, R.C., 2016. Institutions, resources and the governance of postcolonial Greenland, in Berry, D.A., Bowles, N. and Jones, H. (eds.) Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions, Palgrave Macmillan. p.200-216.