I was born and raised in rural Newfoundland, Canada and completed my undergraduate studies in Political Science and Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I completed my graduate studies in Political Science at Memorial and then my PhD at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. I was a Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow and I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow based at the Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. I am the founder of the Women in the Arctic and Antarctic (formerly Women in the Arctic) initiative.
For over a decade I have focused my studies and research on exploring different dimensions of international relations, with an empirical focus on the Arctic region. For my research I have travelled extensively in many states, including the eight Arctic states, speaking with diplomats, civil servants, NGO representatives, Indigenous Peoples representatives and community leaders, as well as other researchers. I have also had the opportunity to do archival research at the Library and Archives Canada. These experiences and opportunities to meet and talk with some of the most interesting people cooperating, campaigning, living, and representing their people in the Arctic region have enriched my research and helped broaden my appreciation of just how dynamic and important the Arctic and the study of the region is in the 21st century.
My current project focuses on NGOs in the Arctic region and is supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, but my research covers a range of themes. These themes include diplomacy and cooperation, legitimacy, institutional and organizational practices, evolution of national identity, environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), and the role of militaries in the Arctic.
In December 2019 I was made a Fellow of the JR Smallwood Foundation. My research project associated with the foundation will begin in April 2020.
If you would like to learn more about my work, or would like to contact me, you can find me on twitter @DanitaBurke1, contact me by email (email@example.com) or visit (danitacatherineburke.wordpress.com). For additional information on my research, please visit (sdu.dk/staff/burke ) and (https://southerndenmark.academia.edu/DanitaCatherineBurke).
Some of my publications and outputs are:
Burke, Danita Catherine. (2020) Diplomacy and the Arctic Council. Montreal and Kingston. McGill-Queens University Press. https://www.mqup.ca/diplomacy-and-the-arctic-council-products-9780773559196.php
Burke, Danita Catherine. (2018) International Disputes and Cultural Ideas in the Canadian Arctic: Arctic Sovereignty in the National Consciousness. London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319619163.
Burke, Danita Catherine and Andre Saramago. (2018) “Singapore’s use of Education as a Soft Power Tool in Arctic Cooperation.” Asian Survey 58(5): 920-941. https://doi.org/10.1525/AS.2018.58.5.920.
Burke, Danita Catherine. (2017) “Leading by Example: Canada and its Arctic Stewardship Role.” International Journal of Public Policy 13(1/2): 36-52. https://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=81050.
Phelps Bondaroff, Teale and Danita Catherine Burke. (2014). “Bridging Troubled Waters: History as Political Opportunity Structure.” Journal of Civil Society 10(2): 165-183. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17448689.2014.919179?journalCode=rcis20&#.Va1ua_lViko.