Dr. Watt's Iceland Research

February 17, 2020
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Dr. Laura A. Watt has just learned that a Fulbright-NSF Arctic Scholar grant proposal has been approved for next year, to go conduct historical research in Iceland! Her project aims to document the environmental history of a remote corner of Iceland’s Westfjords, specifically the Árneshreppur municipality and surrounding region of the Strandir coast, where a recent hydropower plant proposal has generated national controversy. Understanding that even wilderness preserves are intentionally-created landscapes that have their own complex human histories can be crucial to clarifying these present-day policy debates. She will be conducting interdisciplinary qualitative and archival research into the region's history, including its period of industrial herring fishing in the mid-20th century, up through current environmental and community-level challenges.