Director

Director of the Willem Barentsz Polarinstitute is Prof. dr. Louwrens Hacquebord

Louwrens Hacquebord (Dokkum, 1947) is a full Professor in Arctic and Antarctic Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen, vice-president and council member of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), member of the Netherlands Committee for Polar Research and member of the National IPY-committee.

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Education
Louwrens Hacquebord studied physical geography at the University of Utrecht. He earned his master degree in 1976 in physical geography, archaeology and historical geography. He got his teaching-qualification for high schools at the same moment. On 11-12-1984 he earned his PhD degree in archaeology with distinction at the University of Amsterdam on the excavations of the 17th century Dutch whaling settlement in Spitsbergen.

Employment
2002- director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen
2001-2002 director of education of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen
1994-2001 director of the Groningen Institute for Archaeology, University of Groningen
1994 - Professor in Arctic and Antarctic Studies at the University of Groningen
1992-1994 director of research of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen
1985-1994 head of the Arctic Centre, University of Groningen
1979-1985 research fellow and project leader Arctic Centre University of Groningen
1976-1979 official at the Natuurwetenschappelijke Commissie of the Council for Nature Conservation of Culture, Recreation and Social work in Utrecht
1971-1976 High school teacher in Zetten

Research
Hacquebord’s research has largely been focused on the exploration and exploitation history of the polar areas in which context many excavations and surveys were carried out in archaeological sites on Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Labrador, Pearyland, Novaja Semlja and Antarctica.
PhD thesis 1984 with distinction on Smeerenburg. Het verblijf van Nederlandse walvisvaarders op de westkust van Spitsbergen in de 17de eeuw. Other whaling publications of Hacquebord are concerned with the history and the remains of whaling stations on Jan Mayen, Northern Norway and Deception Island in Antarctica. Articles were also published about the voyages of discovery and the wintering spot of the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz on Novaya Semlya. Most recently Hacquebord has published articles about the ecological aspects of the Spitsbergen whaling trade and the history of exploration and scientific polar research.
Hacquebord has published alone or with other scholars more than a hundred scientific publications in reviewed international scientific journals and about eighty in professional journals.

Supervised Ph.D. projects
R.M.Roura (2011): The footprint of polar tourism: tourist behaviour at cultural heritage sites in Antarctica and Svalbard.
B.P. Abbink (2009): Antarctic policymaking & science in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany (1957-1990).
K.I.M. van Dam (2008): A place called Nunavut. Multiple identities for a new region
J.C.A. Schokkenbroek (2008): Trying-out: an anatomy of Dutch whaling and sealing in the nineteenth century, 1815-1885
N. Karstkarel (2005): Changes in shelf ice extent in West Antarctica between 1840 and 1960; analysing historical maps in a Geographical Information System.
G.J. Schutten (2004): Verdwenen schepen. De houten kleine beroepsvaartuigen, vrachtvaarders en vissersschepen van de Lage Landen.
J.R. Leinenga (1995): Arctische walvisvangst in de achttiende eeuw. De betekenis van Straat Davis als vangstgebied

Current Ph.D. projects
Y.I. Aalders: Exploitation of natural resources and cross cultural contacts of Russian Furhunters and European Whalers on Spitsbergen in the 18th century
S. Comis: Het textiel van Spitsbergen
M. Cornelisse: Etnographic research in Sápmi
H.R. de Haas: The coal exploitation of the Dutch Spitsbergen Coal Company (NESPICO) Green Harbour in its national and international context
U.I. Gustafsson: The exploitation of natural resources by the early 20th century whaling industry; its impact on the environment and the geo-political situation in the Polar Regions
M.E. van Kruining: Changing architecture, climate and social structure/organization of the Arctic Thule culture.
F. Kruse: British exploration, mining and diplomacy on Spitsbergen 1898-1952
K.E.A. Mulders: Culturele contacten tussen West-europeanen en Russen in de Barentz Zee gebieden in de middeleeuwen en de post-middeleeuwen (1400-1700) en de invloed op de lokale gemeenschappen
F. Steenhuisen: Mercury global emission model
T.K. Terpstra: Transnational ties, urban networks and identity formation among Inuit migrants in Southern Canada and Denmark

Editorships and Representation on Boards and Committees
Director of the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute
Vice President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Interim chair of the Science Standing Committee on Social System of IASC
Council member and delegate for the Netherlands in IASC
Leader of the IPY-LASHIPA project
Executive Secretary Willem Barentsz Foundation Groningen
Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Open Science Conference in St. Petersburg (Russia)
Co-chair of the International Symposium ASSW-2009 in Bergen (Norway)
Core member of the National Committee International Polar Year 2007-2008
Member of the GIA Management Team
Member of the International Polar Heritage Committee ICOMOS
Member of the Committee for Polar Research of ALW/NOW
Member of the Science Theme Committee of the IPY OSC in Oslo (Norway)
Member of the Interdepartmental Polar Research Committee, Ministries of BUZA, V&W, LNV, OCW, and VROM
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Network for Whaling Research Digest
Member of the Editorial Board Groningen Archaeological Studies (GAS)
Member of the Editorial Board Journal of the North Atlantic
Member of the Editorial Committee Circumpolar Studies
Member of the Board of the Centre for Canadian Studies

Expeditions
2007 Leader of the international EC-Flag expedition to Greenfjord, Spitsbergen. Archaeology and industrial archaeology studies in 17th-20th century sites in the central part of Spitsbergen.
2006 Leader of an international expedition to Isfjord and Bellsund, Spitsbergen (LASHIPA 3). Two weeks industrial archaeological research of 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century historic sites in the central part of Spitsbergen.
2005 Leader of the international Isfjord Expedition, Spitsbergen (LASHIPA 2). Two weeks industrial Archaeological research of 20th century Coal mining in the centre of Spitsbergen on Boheman Flya and the Green Harbour, Spitsbergen.
2004 Leader of the Archaeological expedition to Spitsbergen, Gåshamna, Hornsund. Three weeks archaeological survey organized by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
2004 Co-leader of a student Industrial Archaeological field work in Longyearbyen Spitsbergen (LASHIPA 1) organized by several institutes in USA, Sweden, UK, Russia, Norway and The Netherlands.
2000 Leader of the archaeological survey of the Northern Dvina, Russia, two weeks in the field organized by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
1999 Leader of the archaeological expedition to Spitsbergen, Midterhuken, Bellsund, two weeks in the field and organized by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
1998 Leader of the Peary land Greenland expedition, three weeks archaeological surveys on the northern most coast of the world (83º N. Kap Morris Jesup) organized by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
1998 Leader of the archaeological expedition to Spitsbergen, Laegerneset, Recherchefjord, three weeks in the field and organized by the University of Groningen The Netherlands.
1992 Leader of the first Netherlands Novaya Semlya expedition to the wintering spot of Willem Barentsz 1596-1597 on Novaya Semlya, Russia, two weeks in the field and organized by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands together with the Arctic and Antarctic Institute St. Petersburg, Russia.
1990-1991 Co-Leader of the first Netherlands Antarctica expedition, King George Island and Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Twelve weeks in the field. Organized by the Dutch Research Council, SOZ/NWO, The Netherlands.
1987Archaeological survey on the north coasts of Norway and Russia, three weeks in the field organized by the University of Groningen.
1985Member of the excavation team of the Memorial University of New Foundland St. Johns, New Foundland, Canada in Red Bay, Labrador, Canada, three weeks in the field.
1981Leader of the third Arctic Centre-Carl Denig-Spitsbergen expedition, ten weeks. This archaeological expedition took place on 80º N on Spitsbergen and was organized by the University of Groningen in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Tromsø Museum, Norway.
1980Leader of the second Arctic Centre-Carl Denig-Spitsbergen expedition, ten weeks. This multidisciplinary expedition took place on 80º N. on Spitsbergen, Norway and was organized by the University of Groningen in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, University of Leiden and the University of Utrecht The Netherlands and Tromsø Museum, Norway.
1979Leader of the first Arctic Centre-Carl Denig-Spitsbergen expedition, four weeks. This archaeological expedition took place on 80º N on Spitsbergen and was organized by the University of Groningen in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Tromsø Museum, Norway.
1975Member of the expedition to Mali, eight weeks archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in the Dogon country and the surrounding of Djenne, Mali. Organized by the University of Utrecht and University of Groningen The Netherlands.

Awards
2011 Appointed as an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
2006 Elected fellow of “The Explorers Club” New York USA.
1998 L.Byrne Waterman Award, Kendall Whaling Museum Sharon, Massachusetts USA.
1998 Environment and Higher Education Award. Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Ministry of Housing, Environment and Social Work, The Netherlands.
1978 Van Tienhoven Reisestipendium, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universitat te Bonn, Germany.

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