Dr Duncan Depledge BA (Hons), MA, MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Lond.) is a consultant and researcher with a background in political geography, international relations and security studies.

He is currently serving as the Director of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Polar Regions Secretariat in Westminster and as Special Adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee.

Duncan’s specialist interests relate to the geopolitical changes ongoing in the Arctic and Northern Europe (or ‘Wider North’). He also has an interest in Antarctica, as well as the geopolitical implications of climate change more broadly.

Prior to establishing the APPG for Polar Regions Secretariat, he spent five years as a research analyst on the Climate Change and Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Previously, Duncan also served as an academic observer to the UK Armed Forces during Exercise COLD RESPONSE in 2012, spending time on HMS Illustrious with the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. He was a member of the UK Ministry of Defence Polar Regions Study Group (2012-2013) and helped the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office with the articulation of its Arctic Policy Framework.

Duncan is a member of the UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership Steering Committee.