The UK-Russia Arctic Research bursary scheme (2019) provided an opportunity for researchers based in the United Kingdom to apply for bursaries of up to £7000 to support new active engagement with Russia-based researchers in the Russian Arctic and High North in 2019-2020.


In specific recognition of the speed of change in the Arctic, the need for strengthened observation and monitoring and the importance of supporting an ever closer research relationship between the two countries, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), working with the UK Science and Innovation Network in Russia (SIN Russia) in the British Embassy, Moscow and the NERC Arctic Office, funded a bursaries programme to support UK-based researchers to actively engage with Russian researchers in 2019-2020. There were 10 successful applicants:

Dr C Larbey, McDonald Institute for Archaelogical Research, University of Cambridge: ‘Dietary resilience – what role did starchy plants play in the human tolerance of extreme climates in central Siberia’

Dr Dmitri Mauquoy & Dr David Muirhead, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen: ‘Quantifying carbon accumulation and loss in Russian Arctic peatlands’

Dr Emma Hocking & Dr Leanne Wake, Northumbria University: ‘Constraining Arctic Russian Postglacial Sea Level’

Dr Geoffrey Abbott & Dr Mark Stevenson, Newcastle University: ‘Geochemical markers of sphagnum peatland and permafrost degradation in western Siberia’

Dr Leon Clark, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Reconstruction of Siberian Arctic and sub-Arctic climatic and environmental change’

Dr Helen Mackay, Durham University: ‘Long-term human-environment interactions in western Siberia’

Dr Matteo Spagnolo, Dr Iestyn Barr (MMU) and Prof Brice Rea (Aberdeen): ‘Palaeo-glacier and climate reconstructions in the Arctic Urals’

Prof James Scourse; Dr Paul Butler, Exeter University: ‘Reconstructing the marine climate using the shells of long-lived bivalve molluscs’

Dr Stefanie Rynders, NOC: ‘Contribution of eddies and dense water cascading to cross-shelf exchange in the Arctic Ocean’

Dr Thierry Fonville, Southampton University: ‘Siberia on fire – how extreme was the 2019 summer’