Erika Vartdal is a Research Intern at The Arctic Institute. She is a contributing writer to the Institute’s flagship weekly publication, The Arctic This Week (TATW). Her contribution includes the Political section of the newsletter. Her main research interests are border management/migration issues, bilateral relations with Russia and comparative indigenous rights in the Arctic. Erika has previously worked as a trainee for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Murmansk, Russia. Her main tasks included media and news monitoring across the Barents and Arctic region, writing reports and developing the communication channels for the cultural and economic departments of the Consulate General.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Law and Society from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (UBC). During her undergraduate degree, Erika studied the 2010 Norwegian-Russian maritime delimitation treaty agreement, Chinese interests in the Arctic, and wrote policy briefs on the implementation of security issues in the Arctic Council. Erika is currently pursuing a Master of Science at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she is studying international migration and public policy.