Scholar recognised in top 100 influencers on climate policy

Victoria Herrmann is recognised in Apolitical's World's 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019.

Victoria Herrmann is the sort of person on whom - without exaggeration - the world pins its hope.

Gates Cambridge Scholar

Gates Cambridge Scholar Victoria Herrmann has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in climate policy.

Victoria [2014], who is President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute think tank, has been named in Apolitical's World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019 list alongside Sir David Attenborough, Pope Francis, Greta Thunberg and Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Victoria, who did her PhD in Polar Studies on how images and aesthetic codes construct values, identities and ideas of power in the Arctic, was a past winner of the Bill Gates Sr Prize. She leads the Arctic Institute’s research on climate change and community adaptation in Arctic communities. 

Her current project, Rise Up to Rising Tides, is an online matchmaking platform that connects expert volunteers with climate-affected communities to help them adapt.

Victoria is the author of Arctic Melt: Turning Resource Extraction into Human Development (2015) and has been published across many peer-review journals. She was also praised for her public engagement work, including media appearances on the CNN, BBC, NPR, Radio Canada in addition to articles in the Washington Post, Guardian and New York Times, amongst many others.

She was a National Geographic Explorer when she was at Cambridge and she spearheaded and led America’s Eroding Edges, a research and storytelling project on the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and livelihoods that will be shared through articles, a book and a documentary.

Victoria has also co-convened the Pocantico Climate & Cultural Heritage Working Group, a working group of high-level cultural heritage leaders engaged in climate change adaptation and migration efforts.

One of the scholars who nominated her for the Bill Gates Sr Prize wrote simply: “Victoria Herrmann is the sort of person on whom - without exaggeration - the world pins its hope.”

*The full list of Apolitical's World's 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019 can be found here.