OtC Associates

Mingming Shi
Associate Editor, Writer, Chinese Content Supervisor, OtC  


Mingming Shi grew up in the subtropical area in Southern China, and moved to Iceland in 2014. In 2017, she ventured to Greenland as a visiting student and researcher, based at Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland in Nuuk, and while there was inspired to start her research on Arctic affairs, including comparative politics and foreign policy.

In October 2019, she obtained her Master’s degree in West Nordic Studies at the University of Iceland, becoming the first graduate from that programme at the University. She is currently seeking to continue her work in the areas of Arctic politics and economics.

Mingming has extensive experience in the areas of tourism and extractive industries, and has worked and lectured in China, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Norway, in addition to Iceland and Greenland.

Her publications include regular contributions to the online Asia-Pacific news service The Diplomat, as well as various Arctic publications and a recent briefing document by the Government of Finland on China-Arctic diplomacy. She is also a frequent speaker at the Arctic Circle Assembly, and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Yangjiang dialect and English, and is improving her Icelandic and Danish.

Mingming is a bit hesitant to use her own picture for her profile, so a photo of her cat, to some extent, can reveal how she perceives the world, on behalf of Mingming.

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[Photo by Mingming Shi]