supplied by Gateway Antarctica

Our collection of resources is designed to encourage interest in the study of Antarctic as well as foster an understanding of the continent's role in a global context.


PolarPol is a listserve which discusses polar current affairs and is aimed at building a better sense of community among polar researchers, policymakers and journalists. The listserve has a broad international membership with members from Iceland to China. The list is managed by Anne-Marie Brady, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury. 

The Polar Journal

The Polar Journal is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal. It welcomes papers on polar affairs from all fields of the social sciences and the humanities. The main purpose of the journal is to develop a forum for the scholarly discussion of polar issues from a social science and humanities perspective and to help build a community of scholars working on polar issues. The journal is especially interested in publishing policy-relevant research. Each issue of the journal will either feature articles from different disciplines on polar affairs or feature a topical theme from a range of scholarly approaches.

The journal is sponsored by Gateway Antarctica and affiliated staff are on the editorial board.

United Nations Environment

United Nations Environment was established in 1972 by the UN General Assembly with a mandate “to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations”.

In 1992 the UN Conference on Environment and Development adopted Agenda 21, highlighting two needs:

  • The provision of access to reliable environment information
  • Increasing the capacity of governments to use such information as a basis for environmental decision making and management

See the United Nations Environment website for more information.

'Exploring the Last Continent - An Introduction to Antarctica'

Edited by Daniela Liggett, Bryan Storey, Yvonne Cook and Veronika Meduna.

Available from Springer

UC library link

'Exploring Antarctic Values'

Proceedings of the Workshop on Exploring Linkages between Environmental Management and Value Systems: The Case of Antarctica, held at the University of Canterbury, December 2011. Edited by Dr Daniela Liggett and Dr Alan Hemmings.

$75 each, email

'Antarctic Bioprospecting'

The book contains contributions from each of the presenters from the Workshop including Professor Don Rothwell and Professor Roberta Farrell. It also summarises the Workgroup outcomes and contains a copy of Information Paper 047 from ATCMXXVI. Edited by Dr Alan Hemmings and Michelle Rogan-Finnemore.

$65 each, email

Ursula Rack: A researcher for the Deep South National Science Challenge, Dr Rack's research interests lie in environmental and social history. The project recovers meteorological information from logbooks of merchant and navy ships from the late 18th Century until the mid-20th Century. The data is processed to analyse historic weather phenomena to draw conclusions for future weather models in the Southern Ocean. 

Dr Rack's past work has included social conditions - food, medical conditions, income, hierarchy, leadership, insurance and income - on polar expeditions.

An experienced teacher, Dr Rack can tailor a presentation to fit the needs of the audience but past talks have included:

  • 'Life, travel and work in the Antarctic', Rotary Club of Cashmere
  • 'Working and living in extreme environments', Shirley Ladies Club
  • 'Adaptation to extreme environments', Hillmorton High NCEA level two science class
  • 'Extreme environments', St Andrew's College Ladies Club
  • 'Research in the Antarctic', Riccarton Men's Probus Club
  • 'Tutor in the Antarctic', Merrin Ladies Club
  • 'Environmental project', Te Waka Unua School
  • 'Antarctic quilts and arts', Shirley Ladies Club
  • 'Antarctica as a classroom', Rotary Women's Club
  • 'Leadership and responsibility', Somerfield School
Time/DateSpeakerTalk TitleLocation
Tue, 14 May 2019 18:00:00 NZST
Dr Ursula Rack
National or International Perspectives on Antarctic History
South Arts Lecture Theatre A8 Preceded by drinks and snacks from 5.30 pm

An Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Cluster initiative:

UC Antarctic Conference

Southern Exposure:
Antarctic Research at the University of Canterbury 


Update: The conference programme and book of abstracts are now available.

Antarctic Conference Programme

Book of Abstracts


When: 30th and 31st January 2020

WhereRehua Te Moana nui a kiwa (Coppertop)


Important note: If you wish to attend the public talk and pub quiz at Kaiser Beer Garden (96 Ocford Tce) on Thursday evening, please register on Eventbrite as spaces are limited.


The University of Canterbury’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research Cluster invites you to participate in our Antarctic conference, which aims at bringing together researchers from across the university’s colleges and departments, external Antarctic researchers, and Antarctic stakeholders in an effort to connect scholars and stakeholders, invigorate the Antarctic research landscape at UC and in Canterbury and facilitate the development of high-quality, inter- and transdisciplinary research project on cutting-edge Antarctic research topics.

The conference aims to enhance and promote Antarctic research within the University of Canterbury, to create greater transparency around ongoing Antarctic research projects and encourage inter-departmental and intercollegiate coordination and collaboration on Antarctic research and inspire researchers interested in working on Antarctic issues. While researchers and postgraduate students will be given an opportunity to present their research and obtain feedback from their colleagues, established researchers and Antarctic stakeholders, we will also set time aside for focussed World-Café-style discussion to develop an Antarctic research strategy for UC.

If you have any questions about the conference, please don't hesitate to contact Daniela Liggett.

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