Mari Arold


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Mari researches the relationships between landscape, identity and environmental governance. Her doctoral study explores competing forest imageries amid an environmental conflict in post-Soviet Estonia, with a particular focus on forest mediations through embodied experiences, digital tools and platforms, and group identities. To interpret the material and discursive underpinnings of people’s relationship with forest, Mari draws on cultural and resource geography, digital anthropology, digital geographies and more-than-human approaches to knowledge.

Mari’s academic interests span across social sciences, environmental studies and humanities. She holds a Master’s degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in Theology and Sociology from The University of Bristol, where she won Best Humanities Dissertation Award, Best Overall Results Award among Sociology joint honours students and Peacebuilding in Colombia private scholarship.