Ingo Heidbrink

Membership:  2011

Member Bio

Ingo Heidbrink was a Carson Fellow from June 2010 to August 2010, from January 2011 to March 2011 and from October 2011 to December 2011.
Ingo Heidbrink studied social and economic history, geography, and modern and contemporary history at the University of Hamburg. He completed his Master's in 1994 and his PhD in 1999. In 2004, Heidbrink received his venia legendi(postdoctoral lecture qualification, Habilitation) in 2004 from the University of Bremen.
Heidbrink has worked with various maritime museums. He was the first head of the Fisheries History Department at the German Maritime Museum. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a research fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst and also started teaching at the Universities of Hamburg and Bremen. In 2003 and 2007, he was a guest lecturer at the Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland. Since 2008, he has been teaching maritime history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (USA). He is the Acting Secretary General of the International Commission for Maritime History and Co-President of the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association, as well as PI and Board Member of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences "Global Change in the Marine Realm" (GLOMAR). His main research areas are the history of the use of marine resources and related international conflicts, Arctic (in particular Greenlandic) history, and the methodology of maritime history in an interdisciplinary context.
At the Center, Heidbrink worked on the history of risk acceptance in the context of industrial development in Arctic/Greenlandic environments.


  • Ed. Konfliktfeld Küste: Ein Lebensraum wird erforscht. Hanse Studien, vol. 3. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag, 2003.
  • “Det tyske havgående fiskeri og Grønland: vejen til et gennembrud for det internationale fjernfiskeri.” In Ilisimatusarfik (Ed.), Grønlandsk kultur-og samfundsforskning 2003, 57-69. Nuuk, 2004.
  • “Deutschlands einzige Kolonie ist das Meer.” In Die deutsche Hochseefischerei und die Fischereikonflikte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseum, Nr. 63. Hamburg, 2004.
  • “The Oceans as the Common Property of Mankind from Early Modern Period to Today.” History Compass Vol. 6, 2, (2008): 659-672. (E-journal)
  • Ed. with Starkey, David J. and Jón Th Thór. A History of the North Atlantic Fisheries: Volume 1 – From Early Times to the mid-19th Century. German Maritime Studies No. 5. Bremerhaven, Bremen 2009.