Zojer, Gerald 

Researcher, PhD-student.

Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law


Tel.: +358 (0)40 484 4002 (internal: 4002)

E-mail: gerald.zojer(at)ulapland.fi

Website: http://www.gerald-zojer.com


After having a career as mechanical engineer and in the project management group of an international oil and gas exploration company, Gerald studied International Development at the University of Vienna, where he graduated as Mag. (Magister) in 2014. Currently he is conducting his postgraduate studies at the University of Lapland, with political sciences as his main subject.


The focuses of Gerald's research lay in the fields of

  • Energy politics, environmental politics, and natural resource management
  • Sociology of technology studies
  • Political ecology and hegemony theories

In his postgraduate studies he is analyzing how the economic development paradigm is institutionalized on various scales in Arctic governance, and how this challenges a sustainable development of the region.

Currently he is involved in the research project HuSArctic (Human Security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic: addressing multiple vulnerability to its population with specific reference to the Barents region), where he is focusing on socioeconomic effects of current developments in the Arctic region.


  1. Zojer, G. (2014): Energy Politics in Arctic Governance: A shift from environmental protection toward economic development? Diploma thesis, University of Vienna. (abstract and download: http://othes.univie.ac.at/32502/)
  2. Hossain, K., T. Koivurova and G. Zojer (2014): Understanding Risks Associated with Offshore Hydrocarbon Development. In: E. Tedsen, S. Cavalieri, and R.A. Kraemer (Eds.): Arctic Marine Governance: Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 159-176.
  3. Zojer, G. (forthcoming): BOOK REVIEW: Haydn Washington, 2013: Human Dependence on Nature. How to help solve the environmental crisis. In: G. Alfredsson and T. Koivurova (Eds.): The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 6.