Sophia Matthews will work as our research intern this summer, researching the consequences of decreasing ice coverage in the Arctic and the ensuing commercial and geopolitical implications.
Sophia, 20, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and has been studying in the US for two years. She’s completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Inequality in Globalization and Development at Brown University. She’s particularly interested in the relationship between climate change, socio-economic inequality, and global trade.
The internship is a collaboration between Nansensenteret (NERSC) and Norsk klimastiftelse.
What brings you to Norway?
– Given my academic interests and passion for mitigating climate change, I sought out opportunities for the summer that would give me a new perspective and education. In particular, I wanted to explore climate advocacy and research outside of North America during this trying political period, and learn more about the European approach to climate issues.
What will you work on at the Norwegian Climate Foundation?
– I’ll be researching the consequences of decreasing ice coverage in the Arctic and the ensuing commercial interests. Specifically, I will focus on the geopolitical consequences of new trading routes and the implications for Arctic nations. By the end of the summer, I’ll have produced a report that outlines my findings.
Climate work aside, what are you interested in?
– I’m very interested in foreign languages – I’m learning Arabic at school and hoping to pick up some Norwegian this summer! Otherwise, I like running and being active, playing tennis, reading and cooking.