Mark Nuttall, MA (Aberdeen) PhD (Cantab)

Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept


Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Faculty of Arts - Anthropology Dept
(780) 492-0129
13-27 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am a social anthropologist and my work has a particular focus on the societies and environments of the circumpolar North and northern Europe. I have carried out extensive anthropological research and fieldwork in Greenland, Canada, Finland, Alaska, Scotland and Wales, but have interests in other places too, including Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. My areas of specific concern cover, but are not confined to, the anthropology and environmental history of weather and climate; environmental change and resource use issues in rural and coastal communities; the anthropology of energy and extractive industries; place, locality, identities and borderlands; and post-industrial landscapes.

I studied sociology and social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and did my PhD at the University of Cambridge. Since 2003, I have been Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology here at the University of Alberta. Before moving to Canada, I was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, where I held a Personal Chair. I have also held teaching and research posts at the University of Edinburgh, Brunel University, and the University of Cambridge, and was Finland Distinguished Professor at the Thule Institute, University of Oulu. I am Adjunct Professor at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland and the Greenland Climate Research Centre in Nuuk. I have been Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, am a Senior Associate Scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland, and a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008 and am a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

For information about my research, publications, teaching interests, and graduate supervision opportunities please see my website: