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Special Feature: Sustainable and Thriving Arctic Communities: Insights from the Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Image credit: Children singing to the first day of sun. Kullorsuaq, Greenland. Photo by: Birgitta Kammann Danielsen

Collection launched: DD May 2021

Greg Poelzer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Elizabeth Rink, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA

Climate change, economic transitions and infrastructure development driven by low carbon imperatives present new sets of challenges to the peoples and regions of the Arctic. These challenges include, among other things, addressing the impacts of environmental change on human health, green energy development for current resource dependent communities, public health and health care infrastructure, workforce development for new economies and social challenges, and Indigenous rights and governance. All of these challenges are complex, interdependent and highly interactive. Such complexity of challenges requires multi-lateral and multi-sectoral collaborations among communities, policy makers, practitioners, and scholars to find innovative solutions for a sustainable and thriving Arctic. Drawing on the research conducted by scholars from the Fulbright Arctic Initiative – Cohort II, this diverse collection of research explores emergent challenges and opportunities for Arctic communities. This set of papers focusses on two primary areas of inquiry: how to ensure public health reflects Indigenous values and rights, as well as community driven approaches, in Arctic communities; and, how economic and infrastructure development can contribute to Arctic sustainability.

Image credit: Snovit at Hammerfest, Norway. Photo by: Greg Poelzer

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