Julia Olsen has recently defended her PhD in (Environmental) sociology. She examined the impacts of increasing ship traffic in the Arctic on the local community of Longyearbyen. In 2017 Olsen worked in a project that examined the fishers attitudes and practices towards marine litter in the Barents Sea that has indirect implications for Svalbard. Currently Julia is involved in two scientific projects. A Balancing Act explores how co-production of knowledge and strategies can contribute to developing a sustainable tourism sector in Svalbard in the future.