After a career as mechanical engineer and working in the project management group of an oil and gas exploration company, Gerald accomplished the diploma program International Development at the University of Vienna, which he completed with a Magister degree in 2014. Within his studies he set the main focus on energy politics, sociology of technology studies, political economy, political ecology and environmental politics. Three years of his studies he spent as an exchange student at the University of Lapland (in Rovaniemi, Finland), where he added a regional focus on the Arctic and furthermore accomplished the (non-degree) Arctic Studies Program. During this time he also completed his diploma thesis. After working in the Anthropology Research Team in the Arctic Centre he is currently employed in the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, also in the Arctic Centre (Rovaniemi). Gerald is also PhD student at the University of Lapland.
His current research focus is in the fields of :
- Extractive industires, energy politics, environmental politics, and natural resource management
- Sociology of technology studies
- Political ecology and hegemony theories
- Arctic studies
Hossain, K., T. Koivurova and G. Zojer (2014): Understanding Risks Associated with Offshore Hydrocarbon Development. In: E. Tedsen, S. Cavalieri, & R.A. Kraemer (Eds.): Arctic Marine Governance: Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 159-176.
Hossain, K., G. Zojer, W. Greaves, M. Roncero and M. Sheehan (2017): Constructing Arctic security: An inter-disciplinary approach to understanding security in the Barents Region. Polar Record, Vol. 53 (1), pp. 52-66. doi:10.1017/S0032247416000693
Zojer, G. (2015): Book Review: Haydn Washington, 2013: Human Dependence on Nature. How to help solve the environmental crisis. In: G. Alfredsson and T. Koivurova (eds.): The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 6, 2014. Leiden and Boston: Brill Nijhoff, pp. 629-635.
Zojer, G. (2015): Book Reviews: Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic. Regional Dynamics in a Global World. In : Polar Record, Vol. 51, Issue 05, pp. 574-575. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247415000558.
Zojer, G. and L. Olsén (2016): Calotte Academy 2016: Building Arctic resilience through open communication. Briefing note, Arctic Yearbook 2016, pp. 242-247.
Stromberger P. and M. Guancioli (Producer), Federl M. (Director) 2015. Eine Reise durch das Lappland auf den Spuren der Samen [A journey through Lapland on the trails of the Sámi]. Documentary film. Austria: ORF (Austrian national public service broadcaster) 2015. Appearence as Interview partner and moderator.
Arctic Law and Governance.
Since 2016. Part of Master's Degree Programme in International and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lapland.
Main discourses in Arctic governance: A comparative analysis of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Arctic Council
Guest lecture at International Summer School in Karelia (ISSK) 2016, at the Petrozavodsk State University.
De-Democratization of the control over natural resources? The commercialization of the European water market. 28 May 2012, Calotte Academy, in Rovaniemi (FIN).
Energy politics in the Arctic Council. A shift from environmental protection toward resource management? 20 May 2013, Calotte Academy, Tromsø (NOR).
Hydrocarbons and Arctic Governance. From environmental protection to economic development. 3 December 2013, In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process – Conference, Rovaniemi (FIN)
Strengthening sovereignty through Arctic cooperation: Offshore hydrocarbon extraction as a vehicle to maintain prevailing power relations. 2 June 2014, Calotte Academy, Rovaniemi (FIN)
Arctic environmental governance as a venue for socio-economic power struggels. 6 June 2015, Calotte Academy, Inari (FIN)
Arctic hydrocarbon resources: Curse or blessing for societal security in the Arctic? 17 August 2015, NSF Arctic-FROST Conference, St. Petersburg (RUS).
Hydrocarbon development in the Arctic: A suitable approach for human development in the region? 10 December 2015, HuSArctic Seminar: "Looking through the lens of Human Rights: Human Security and the Arctic communities", Rovaniemi, (FIN).
A Short Ethnography of a Pile of Money and a Deep Hole in the Ground: Diamond Mining in Mirny. 25 February 2016, HuSArctic Seminar, Rovaniemi (FIN).
The Arctic Council between global interests and regional development: A continuation of the prevailing economic order. 3 June 2016, Calotte Academy, Murmansk (RUS).
The human development agenda in Arctic governance and its interplays with a global fossil-industrial way of life. 3 September 2016, Petrocultures Conference 2016: The Offshore, St. John’s, NL (CAN).
Arctic governance under the influence of a global fossil-industrial way of life. 7 October 2016, Arctic Circle Assembly, Reykjávik (ISL).
ACCESS - Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society
Arctic-FROST - Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North
HuSArctic - Human Security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic: Addressing Multiple Vulnerability to its Population with Specific Reference to the Barents Region
IntArcticLaw - International Arctic Law
Member of UArctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security
Member of UArctic Thematic Network Arctic Extractive Industries
Since 2016 member of the Calotte Academy steering group.
2013: Short-term grant abroad (KWA); University of Vienna