The mission of the Institute is to advance the objectives of the UArctic Strategic Plan by promoting discussion and analysis of critical issues facing the region and its people and to provide appropriate educational opportunities and policy-oriented advice as northern peoples face the challenges resultant from climate change.
The Institute will initially focus on two objectives. The first is to raise public and private understanding of the policy implications resulting from circumpolar climate change and its human dimensions. The Institute will sponsor a series of annual conferences on aspects of climate change requiring policy attention. Topics could include: representations of western and indigenous science in creating inclusive social and political responses to climate change, international policies critical to the Circumpolar nations such as Law of the Sea, transportation issues in the north, resource extraction and sovereignty, food consumption patterns particularly as they relate to subsistence/locally produced vs. imported foods, and migratory pollutants and their effects on ecosystems and human health. These conferences will bring together representatives of governments, the academy, non-governmental groups, and indigenous peoples to discuss these issues, identify and prioritize the policy related research requirements, and help develop the agendas for governments to address pressing policy issues.
Second, the Institute will offer executive training and education to increase northern capacity to respond to the human dimensions of climate change. In collaboration with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Institute plans to conduct entrepreneurial educational programs at the micro level for those whose livelihoods and way-of-life are altered by environmental change and more generally for the economic development of indigenous enterprises. In so doing, the Institute will develop executive education programs both at Dartmouth and on-site at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. An overall goal of the Institute will be to make connections between UArctic education programs and the policy process
Approved by UArctic Board in November 2008
Conferences and Workshops
Arctic Climate Change and Security Policy Conference
The first IACP conference, held December 2008 at Dartmouth College, was attended by academic scholars, policymakers, shipping and energy experts, and representatives of indigenous peoples. These round-table discussions on climate change and Arctic security issues resulted in the publication of The Arctic Climate Change and Security Policy Final Report and Findings, released in June 2009 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.
Considering the Roadmap Forward: The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Workshop
An international group of scientists, policymakers, military and government officials met Oct. 22 – 24, 2009, in Fairbanks, Alaska to decide how to take action on recommendations from the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. The University of Alaska Geography Program hosted the workshop. As a result of the workshop hosted by UAF, the report Considering a Roadmap Forward: The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment was published and released in September, 2010 at the IACP's 3rd workshop in Rovanmiemi, Finland.
Workshop on Climate Change and Human Security
Held from September 6th to 8th, 2010, one of the aims of the workshop was to disseminating scientific knowledge about impacts of climate change and exploring the real impacts of climate change on northern peoples and societies and their (human) security. The structure and participants were designed to promote dialogue between the scientific and policy communities on these critical issues, and produce material for decision-making. The Final Report of the IACP Workshop finding is available for download.
The Workshop was organized by the University of Lapland and the joint UArctic-NRF Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security together with Dartmouth College and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security is a joint TN between the University of the Arctic (UArctic) and the Northern Research Forum (NRF), established in 2009. The two focus areas of the TN are studies on northern Geopolitics, and studies on security and security dimensions in the North. Consequently, the main aim is to combine these two areas and draw up a holistic picture on northern geopolitics and security.