Overall Goal

The focus of this thematic network is multilevel and comparative governance in the circumpolar north.  The network will facilitate collaboration between researchers who study the institutional evolution of Arctic and northern governance from the local to global levels. It will also encourage the comparative examination of governance across different political jurisdictions.  The network welcomes research collaboration between academics and stakeholders that responds to regional and local needs.


  • Gary N. Wilson, Christopher Alcantara and Thierry Rodon (2020). Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic. Vancouver: UBC Press. 
  • Gary N. Wilson, Gail Fondahl and Klaus Georg Hansen (2020).  “Governance for Sustainability in the Circumpolar North.” In Jessica Graybill and Andrey Petrov (eds). Arctic Sustainability, Key Methodologies and Knowledge Domains: A Synthesis of Knowledge I. London: Routledge.
  • Gary N. Wilson and Per Selle (2019). Indigenous Self-Determination in Northern Canada and Norway. IRPP Study: Canada’s Changing Federal Community. #69. Montréal: Institute for Research on Public Policy: 1-38.  
  • Gary N. Wilson (2017). “Nunavik and the Multiple Dimensions of Inuit Governance.” American Review of Canadian Studies. 47: 148-161.
  • Greg Poelzer and Gary N. Wilson (2014). “Governance in the Arctic: Political Systems and Geopolitics.” In Joan Nymand Larsen and Gail Fondahl (eds). Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages (Copenhagen: Norden – Nordic Council of Ministers): 183-220.

Current and Planned Activities

  • International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS 10) - Arkangelsk, Russia (June 15-20, 2020). Panel: Multilevel Governance in the Circumpolar North.

Past Activities

  • International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP4) – Montreal (June 26-28, 2019). Panel: Examining Indigenous “Treaty Federal” Institutions in Canada and Abroad
  • Challenges in Arctic Governance: Indigenous Territorial Rights in the Russian Federation. Project funded by the Norwegian Research Council
  • UNBC-Nord University Symposium on International Northern Development (September 2018)