Overall Goal

The aim of the thematic network is to strengthen cooperation and capacity among institutions working on issues of governance in northern regions. Such a network will facilitate collaborative research initiatives, curriculum and program development at the graduate and undergraduate levels, enhance student exchange opportunities, and respond to Northern and Indigenous government and community needs on governance issues.

Main Activities

  • The thematic network facilitates collaborative research projects, conferences, and publications in the area of Northern governance
  • Annual Walleye Seminar – an author workshop focusing on issues related to the North, and which leads to special topics publications. 
  • Masters in Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) hosted at USask.
  • Joint Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) administered by ICNGD and University of Tromsø to start Fall 2015.
  • Annual Fields Schools to Northern Norway and Northern Saskatchewan as integrated required coursework for MNGD and GENI.

Research

  • The thematic network facilitates collaborative research projects, conferences, and publications in the area of Northern governance
  • Annual Walleye Seminar – an author workshop focusing on issues related to the North, and which leads to special topics publications.
  • Encourage and facilitate faculty mobility among network partners for the purpose of strengthening overall Northern Governance research collaboration

Current and Planned Activities

  • Hosted a site visit by NEFU to USask April 2013, in which NEFU was welcomed to the Northern Governance thematic network.
  • Field School to Tromsø in March 2012, and to Kirkenes March 2013 and 2014. Upcoming visit to Kirkenes March 2015.
  • Supports and facilitate collaboration in the Arctic Urban Sustainability of Russia (ARCSUS) research project, lead by UiT- The Arctic University of Norway (2012-2015), including several Russian/Canadian site and research trips.
  • Panel at Transatlantic Science Week, Toronto, October 2014.