Yuliya Zaika serves as Associate within the Mining Unit of Polar Research and Policy Initiative.
She is currently completing her PhD at the Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), where she investigates extractive industries (in particular mining) and sustainable development of mining communities in the Russian Arctic and across the Arctic Circle. Prior to this, she studied for an MSc in Environmental Management.
Yuliya is an Arctic resident. She was born and currently lives and works at the Kola Peninsula, Murmansk region of Russia. Her research interests focus on all aspects of Arctic living, including well-being of Arctic residents, indigenous people, climate change, extractive industries, transformation of economies, and some others.
As for other affiliations, Yuliya has a very large international experience by being involved in the work of the Executive Committee of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) 2011-2016, Council of IGS (International Glaciological Society), Advisory Group of IASC ISIRA (International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic), and EU INTERACT project I and II (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic).
Apart her research activities, Yuliya is a desperate traveller and enjoys educational talks on Arctic science with school kids in different coutries (e.g. Russia, USA, South Africa).