Fulbright Arctic Initiative 2018

Navnene på de 16 deltagere til Fulbright Arctic Initiative er nu blevet offentliggjort. Deltagerne mødes første gang i Iqaluit, Canada i maj og vil de næste 18 måneder samarbejde i forskning omkring påvirkningen af Arktiske forandringer inden for områderne ”Sustainable Economies” og ”Resilient Communities”. I år sender Danmark endnu en gang to forskere af sted – én inden for hvert forskningsområde. Læs mere herunder:

Sixteen outstanding scholars from Arctic Council nations will engage in collaborative, multi-disciplinary research over the next 18 months through the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative to advance Arctic nations’ shared interest in building resilient communities and sustainable economies.

Researchers will explore topics such as renewable energy, fisheries management, health and wellness, and telecommunications infrastructure in the Arctic. Sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this initiative supports interdisciplinary research for scholars from Arctic Council member countries. The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum that includes Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Dr. Michael Sfraga, Director of the Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Dr. Ross A. Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, will serve as distinguished scholar leaders of the initiative.

Fulbright Arctic Scholars engage with governments, NGOs, businesses, and Arctic communities through individual research exchange visits, online collaborations, and through a series of group seminars in Canada, Finland and the United States. “The inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative demonstrated the value of bringing together experts and academic leaders from the eight Arctic nations to focus on urgent and ever-evolving issues throughout the region,” said Dr. Sfraga. “These scholars will bring their impressive credentials and expertise to bear on a new, but complementary, set of Arctic-specific challenges and opportunities to create actionable, policy-oriented recommendations based on sound and responsive research.” Dr. Virginia commented, “Our new scholars bring expertise in the fields of community health, oceans and food security, sustainable development, and environmental policy to create new collaborative and individual research on the program themes of resilient communities and sustainable economies. They represent the leaders who will help secure a sustainable future for the Arctic and our global environment.”

The diverse group of 16 scholar participants – including three from indigenous Arctic communities and 13 women – will explore public policy research questions and offer innovative solutions from a wide variety of disciplines.