Málstofur á vegum Rannsóknarseturs um Norðurslóðir á Arctic Circle

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies is organising and participating in three interesting sessions at the Arctic Circle this year.  See information below:

Friday, October 13

Location: Norðurljós, Second Level


Organized by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University, University of Greenland, the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the University of Iceland.

John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Fellow and Co-Founder, Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Session description:
Come hear twelve ideas for a better Arctic and vote for your favorite one. In this session, twelve talents from five universities will pitch their ideas in short pitch form. Topics will cover a wide range of issues, including empowering Arctic communities, reducing pollution and waste, and developing new models for conservation. After the pitches, audience members will have the chance to join a roundtable breakout session to discuss the idea of their choice, and will vote to choose the winning pitch. The goal of the Arctic Innovation Lab is to foster a new generation of leaders and to connect them with experienced practitioners.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw, MPA Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Indigenous Leadership for Arctic Tourism

Mauricio Latapi, PhD Candidate, University of Iceland: Does IcelandDream of Electric Shipping?

Morgan Brown, MPA Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Identity and Adaptation: Food Production and Climate Change

Vanessa DiDomenico, MALD Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University: Navigating Vessels Through Compliance

Evelyn Gunawan, MSc Candidate, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University: Zero-Waste Arctic Communities

Charlotte McEwen, MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Using Drones to Support Remote Arctic Communities

Martina Muller, MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Protecting Marine Biodiversity through Subnational Action

Tukumminnguaq Nykjær Olsen, MA Candidate, University of Greenland: Innovation is About Inclusion: Lets Make the Arctic Inclusive

Anja Kathrin Ruess, MSc Candidate, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University: Deliberative Decision Making in the Arctic

Meredith Davis Tavera, MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of  Government: Knowing Your Value: Successfully Negotiating for the Interests of Arctic Communities

Ziad Reslan, MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government: Digital Jobs, Not Handouts!

Ryan Uljua, MALD Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University: An Arctic Investment Index

Saturday, October 14

Location: Norðurljós, Second Level


Organized by the Northern Research Forum, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland

Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Director, Centre for Gender Equality Iceland: Gender Equality in the Arctic – Diversity is Key

 Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Iceland: Full and substantive gender equality – how to get away from symbolic representation and counting heads

Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Nansen Professor, UNAK/Professor, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway: The Role of Trust In Human Security In The Arctic: A Gender-Based Analysis

Henri Myrttinen, the Head of Gender, International Alert, peacebuilding organisation, London: Gender Champions and Feminist Foreign Policies: Bringing in Critical Masculinities Perspectives into Gender Policy in the Arctic Region

Session description:

The purpose of this session is to further promote an extensive, policy relevant dialogue on gender in the Arctic and to continue to raise awareness of the situation of men and women in the region. The session builds on themes addressed at the conference “Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current realities Future Challenges” – held in Iceland in October 2014 – and includes topics such as Political Representation and Participation in Decision-Making: Gendered Dimensions; Regional Socio-Economic Development and its Gendered Impacts; Climate and Environmental Change, Natural Resource Development, and Gender; (Re-)Construction of Gender in the Arctic; Human Security: Gendered Aspects; and Human Capital and Gender: Migration, Mobility, Education and Adaptation, Indigenous peoples and underrepresented minorities of the Arctic. The session is one of the NRF Panel organized together with the Northern Research Forum (NRF), the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) and the GlobalArctic Project.

Sunday, October 15

Location: Akrafjall, Fourth Level


Organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland

Marc Lanteigne, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) at Massy University, Auckland, New Zealand: China’s Belt and Road and the Role of the Arctic

Egill Þór Níelsson, Executive Secretary, CNARC and Visiting Scholar, PRIC: An Ice Silk Road from China to the Nordics

Mingming Shi, Project manager: China’s economic diplomacy in Greenland: an issue for Denmark?

Chip Comins, Chairman & CEO AREI, American Renewable Energy Institute, Founder AREDAY: Building a Green Bridge with China: Bridging the Divide 

Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director, Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

Session Description:

Since 2013, China under President Xi Jinping has been developing a series of new trade routes over land and sea, which collectively have begun to be known as the ‘Belt and Road’. However, with the melting of Arctic Ocean ice, there is the growing possibility that China may be able to make use of the Northern Sea Route for expedited transit between Asia and Europe in the coming decades. So far Russia is the only Arctic Council member state that is a part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Will an ‘ice road’ be added to China’s growing cross-regional trade networks, and if so, how will this development affect Beijing’s expanding Arctic diplomacy and strategy? What does this mean for the other Arctic states? What are the challenges and opportunities for them in being a part of this initiative? This session will discuss the Belt and Road Initiative both from the perspective of China and the Arctic states.