I am a lecturer in law at the University of Aberdeen. I originally come from Ukraine, where I did my undergraduate studies. I got an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Groningen in 2013. I wrote my PhD thesis at the University of Aberdeen (2017), in which I examined the effectiveness of international law and policy in protecting the Arctic environment in light of offshore petroleum development. 

My research interests lie in the intersection of international law and regulation of extractive industries. In my work, I examine whether and how international law and policy can be instrumental in protecting the environment and human rights. I published extensively on regulation of petroleum production in the Arctic, including licensingsafety and environmental regulationprevention of oil spills, and black carbon emissions.

My current work is in two main areas. I am leading a project on assessing the public participation in decision-making on submarine internet cables in the Arctic. I am also working on a manuscript on energy and climate change law with a particular focus on Arctic development. I strive to work with researchers in other disciplines (e.g. anthropology, geography, natural sciences) to offer more comprehensive and innovative ideas in my research areas.

I regularly present at Arctic conferences, such as the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, and act as an academic peer reviewer for journals and publishers. I am open to collaboration requests and any further questions about my work.

To learn more about my publications, please visit: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2452203

Institutional webpage: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/dshapovalova/

If you would like to get in contact with me, you can by email or Twitter:

Twitter: @daria_arctic   

Email: dshapovalova@abdn.ac.uk