Dr. Kathrin Stephen (née Keil) is a Senior Fellow and Leadership Group member at The Arctic Institute. Her research and writing focus on natural resource developments, security policy, and governance of the circumpolar region. Kathrin is part of the official German observer delegation to the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council. She is also a Project Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability in Potsdam, Germany, where she leads the Sustainable Modes of Arctic Resource-driven Transformations (SMART) project, which focuses on stakeholder engagement and governance challenges in the resource-driven transformations in the Arctic and the feedback effects between Arctic and non-Arctic regions. Kathrin is further a member of the Executive Committee of the Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) initiative, an integrative, international, interdisciplinary, Panarctic network to study the spatial and temporal changes of the Arctic Ocean.
Kathrin is the author of “The Arctic – A new region of conflict? The Case of Oil and Gas” (Cooperation and Conflict). She is also the co-editor of the book “Governing Arctic Change – Global Perspectives” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and has further published in many peer-review journals, including The Polar Journal, Polar Science, European Foreign Affairs Review, and The International Spectator.
Kathrin wrote her PhD at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies and the Freie Universität on the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping, and fishing. She also has a Master of Science in European Affairs from Lunds Universitet in Sweden and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Technische Universität Dresden.