Ms Leah Palmer

Contact Details

Phd Student
University of Galway


SFI-IRC Pathway Project PhD Student in the 'Exploring the Arctic Archive' research project

Leah is a PhD student from Yorkshire, England, studying at the University of Galway as part of the 'Exploring the Arctic Archive' research project. Her supervisors are Dr Eavan O'Dochartaigh and Professor Daniel Carey. She is currently researching 19th century knowledge networks in the eastern Canadian Arctic, and Arctic archival documents can be used to challenge narratives of European exploration into an empty Arctic, and propose narratives of encounter between Arctic Indigenous peoples and Europeans. 

Leah completed her MPhil degree in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, producing a thesis titled 'Who Counts? A Critical Approach to Indigenous Language Demography in the Yukon', which explored the concepts of Indigenous Data Governance as they apply to language demographic data of First Nations languages.

She achieved a First Class undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Research Interests

Decolonial archive theory, Indigenous Data Governance, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, the links between Indigenous languages and mental health, Arctic studies.

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2023 SFI-IRC Pathway Project PhD Funding Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council
2022 Scandinavian Studies MPhil Full Scholarship Cambridge University Scandinavian Studies Department
2021 Selwyn College Scholarship Selwyn College, University of Cambridge


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2023 Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge MPhil Polar Studies
2022 University of Cambridge BA Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2024 Instrumental Phonetics SL325 Taught Instrumental Phonetics to third-year undergraduate students as part of the Speech and Language Therapy course. Included speech acoustics, intermediate level of the Praat speech analysis software, and the source-filter theory of speech production.