ARCTICenter - University of Northern Iowa

The Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United State of America. The Center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2015 as a part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on the basis of the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Laboratory. ARCTICenter provides research, educational and outreach programs related to the Arctic, administers research grants and provides research and educational experiences for diverse students from various Departments. ARCTICenter is the Headquarters for the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA). 

The ARCTICenter’s mission is to (1) serve as a leading national hub for polar, remote, and cold regions interdisciplinary research; (2) develop synergies and collaboration among faculty, staff and students across UNI campus and among Iowa institutions of higher learning, who are engaged in research and educational activities pertaining to the Arctic as well as other remote and cold regions, (3) facilitate faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students involvement in Arctic-based field work, and (4) serve as a center of excellence in research, education and outreach on issues concerning the Arctic for the state of Iowa and to be a primary source of accurate information and educational materials about the Arctic, Antarctic and other cold and remote regions of the planet.

University of Northern Iowa is a comprehensive public university that offers a high-quality and diverse educational experience, purposely guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for 160 programs in business, humanities, arts, physical, natural, and social sciences, and teacher education. UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards and was ranked in the top three U.S. Midwest regional public universities for the past 14 years by the U.S. News and World Report. 

Facts and figures

Year Established 2015
Total Number of Staff 7
Number of Academic Staff 6
Number of Students 10
Focus Areas


Regional and community development

Social-ecological systems

Coastal communities




Indigenous knowledge

Interdiciplinaty research

Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Mother tongue
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Political science and civics
Environmental science
Earth science