Academic Profile

Henry is an ESRC Grand Union DTP Fellow, holding a grant entitled: “Knowing Misha the Polar Bear”. He holds a PhD in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where he was supervised by Dr. Michael Bravo, and an MPhil in Geographical Research from the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Henry’s research is primarily concerned with polar bears, interested in how humans encounter, imagine, and value the species. His work sits at the intersection of multiple disciplines: environmental humanities, more-than-human geography, STS, cultural geography, and anthropology.

His PhD explored the conservation of polar bears in Svalbard, showing how multiple different human actors (scientists, filmmakers, managers, photographers) came to produce multiple and often contrasting understandings of bears. It also examined polar bears in captivity, and how zoo environments (re)produce novel and performative animal geographies that, in turn, shape different visions of the future.

Henry is the co-founder of Digital Ecologies – a research group examining the digitalisation of nonhuman life: www.digicologies.com. He is also interested in documentary film and its role in mediating human-nature relationships.