Berill Blair serves as Expert – Risk and Resilience at Polar Research and Policy Initiative.
She is a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an interest in Arctic community resilience and a background in environmental policy and natural resource management. She is a PhD candidate in natural resources & sustainability, holds a master’s degree in global environmental policy and a bachelor’s in computer science.
She has over a decade of research experience accumulated through her work in Alaska. Recent work has taken her to northern Alaska communities in a collaboration to test scenarios workshops as a planning tool for community sustainability; and to work with Iñupiaq tribal leaders to document indigenous perceptions of risks and local control over sustainable futures. Previously, she studied the politics of oil development in Alaska focusing on the impact of regulatory institutions on indigenous self-determination.
Berill’s policy interests include climate change resilience and adaptation, risk governance and Arctic geopolitics.