School of Earth and Environment

William Davies William Davies

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.124e

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am currently a PhD student at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, UK whose research focuses on human geography of Arctic natural resource development. My PhD work explores the various ways in which offshore petroleum in the Arctic is framed, with particular focus on Greenland and conceptualisations of scale in human-environment interactions.

Passionate about all things Arctic, I have travelled extensively throughout the region: studying at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland, working as a Visiting Researcher at the Arctic Centre in Finland and undertaking fieldwork in northwest Greenland. I hold a BA in Geography and an MA in Sustainable Development from the University of Leeds as well as a Masters in Coastal and Marine Management from the University of Akureyri.

Research Interests

  • Natural resource management
  • Sustainable development
  • Scale
  • Environmental policy
  • Arctic

Project details

Project title

Making sense of complex socio-ecological issues: a frame-analysis of contemporary Arctic natural resource development


Dr James Van Alstine

Prof Jane Francis

Prof Jon Lovett


Davies, W., Wright, S. and Van Alstine, J. (forthcoming) Framing a ‘climate change frontier’: international news media coverage surrounding natural resource development in Greenland, Environmental Values.

Davies, W., Van Alstine, J. and Lovett, J. (forthcoming) ‘Frame conflicts’ in natural resource use: exploring framings around Arctic offshore petroleum using Q-methodology, Environmental Policy and Governance.