Geopolitical Arctic(s). Indigenous representations of geo-power: the case of the Sahtu Denes

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Academic Profile

Prior to starting his DPhil at the University of Oxford, Brice has worked in different areas of international cooperation covering issues of humanitarian intervention in conflict situations, natural resources governance, post-conflict reconstruction and capacity building and technical cooperation. He started his career as a field officer for the French Development Agency and the United Nations World Food Program in Chad before working as a diplomat for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry in the Balkans and in North-East Asia where he dealt with political issues and science and technology cooperation projects.

After having completed a BA in political science and a double MA in international relations and geopolitics and geostrategy at Sciences Po, France (Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies), Brice obtained an MSc in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science when he looked at the perceptions of oil and gas activities in the Canadian High North.

Brice is fluent in French and English.

Current Research

Brice is looking at the impacts of geopolitical changes on a Dene community (Athapaskan Indian) of the Canadian High North. His emphasis is on the critical study of the way these transformations (particularly land and natural resources governance) affect everyday lives and contribute to the shaping of an indigenized geopolitics based on aboriginal ways of knowing.

Drawing from recent work on geopolitics understood as "the politics of the earth", he also seeks to contribute to the re-grounding of geopolitics on the investigation of the effects of geophysical processes on human socio-political institutions and conversely the ways through which they influence these processes via geo-strategic actions on the physical environment (e.g. air, surface and underground artifacts).

Past research projects

  • 2013: Perceptions of oil development in the Sahtu region, NWT, Canada. Can the resource curse explain the desire for self-determination in the High North?
    MSc Dissertation, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • 2006-2008 (thematic research): North and South Korea's strategies of research in science and technology.
    French Foreign Affairs Ministry, Bureau of International Cooperation, South Korea.
  • 2005: Post-conflict reconstruction in the Western Balkans: the way forward.
    MA Dissertation, Sciences Po, France / French Foreign Affairs Ministry, French Embassy in the Serb Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovia.
  • 2004: The Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline project. A model for the governance of oil extraction in the Sahel.
    BA Dissertation, Sciences Po, France / French Agency for Development and UN World Food Program, Chad

Current Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in International Relations, University College London. 2015-2016.

Publications

  • Klinke, I. and Perombelon, B. (2015) Notes on the desecuritisation of the Rhineland frontier. Geopolitics. Online (Latest articles).
  • Perombelon, B. (submitted, 2015) Canada's Arctic and the new geopolitical continuum: indigenous rights, critical natural capital and the global/local governance of hydrocarbon exploitation. In, Pereira, L., McElroy, C., Girard, A. and Littaye, A. (forthcoming, 2016) Food, Energy, and Water Sustainability: Governance Strategies for Public and Private Sectors. London, New York: Routledge/ Earthscan.

Conference papers

  • Perombelon, B. (2015, September) The Geopolitics of lines and the phenomenology of ideology: maps, Dasein and indigenous de-colonialism. Beyond Perception 15 Symposium, University of Aberdeen (Sep. 1-4, 2015).
  • Perombelon, B. (2015, August) Doing research in the indigenous North: the participatory paradigm and the necessity for phenomenological forms of knowledge translation. Post-graduate summer school on 'Change and Continuation in the Arctic', University of Aalborg, 12-15 August 2015.
  • Perombelon, B. (2015, May). Géopolitique indigène et rapport à l'environnement: de la notion de territorialité dans la culture Dene, subarctique Canadien. CEMS-GSRL (CNRS), Paris, France. Abstract (in French).
  • Perombelon, B. (2015, January) Tulit'a people's relationships with the land. Sahtu Research Results Workshop. Sahtu Renewable Resource Board, Tulit'a, NWT, Canada.
  • Perombelon, B. (2014, May) Geopolitical Arctic(s). Post-colonialism, resources development and aboriginal autonomy: indigenous perceptions of oil activities in the Sahtu region, NWT, Canada. Poster presented at the University of Leeds, The Postcolonial Arctic conference. 30-31 May 2014. Abstract.
  • Perombelon, B. (2014, January) Geopolitical Arctic(s). Prioritizing indigenous representations of geo-power: the case of the Sahtu Denes, Canada. Oxford University Arctic Reearch Forum. Oxford Martin School. 31 January 2014.

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