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

Conferences and Workshops

The IAP brings together representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples, and scientists in order to discuss, identify, and prioritize issues and policy-related research and to help develop the agendas for governments to address pressing policy issues.

Arctic Health Conference 2015

Dartmouth College hosted a meeting of health professional, researchers, Indigenous leaders, and students to discuss the wide-ranging health problems experienced by circumpolar communities due to the effects of environmental and social changes. The Institute for Arctic Policy was also a part of the 2011 Arctic Health Conference.

Forum on Euro-Atlantic Action plan for Cooperation and Enhanced Arctic Security 2013

Dartmouth College, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in partnership with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sponsored a meeting with 40 leading Arctic scholars, government officials, industry leaders and representatives for indigenous peoples met in Washington, D.C., in February 2013 to examine key issues facing the region -- energy, health, commercial shipping, security and governance -- and to make recommendations for action.

Climate Change and Human Security 2010

Scientists and other experts from across the North met September, 2010, at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland to address issues of climate change and human security.


 Approved by UArctic Board in November 2008