Arctic-FROST session at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week 

“Arctic-FROST: Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context”

Wednesday, April 5th, 11:00 – 12:30, Zenit
Session code:S18A
Session title:Arctic-FROST: Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context
Session type:Parallel Session
Chair: Andrey N Petrov (USA)

O 087: Arctic-FROST: Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context: Linkages and Challenges
Speaker: A. Petrov, USA
 O 088: Sustainable energy development in the Canadian Arctic: How clean energy is impacting human development, resilience and well-being in Canada’s North
Speaker: L. Keyte, Canada
O 090: Interdisciplinary assessment of Arctic urban development
Speaker: D. Streletskiy, USA
 O 091: Arctic Cities as New Migrant Magnets: Migration Processes and Diversity Policies (Russia Case)
Speaker: M. Rozanova, Russian Federation
 O 092: The Steady Village: History, Policy and Alaska Village Population
Speaker: L. Huskey, USA
 O 093: How can extractive resource development help make Arctic communities sustainable?
Speaker: C. Southcott, Canada


ASUS and Arctic-FROST co-host sessions at the Western Regional Science Association meeting

Santa Fe, MN February 15-18, 2017

Paper Session 3D ~ Exchange Belmont Book Session I: Sustainability and Development in the Arctic: A Synthesis of Knowledge

Chair: Chris SOUTHCOTT, Lakehead Univ., Canada

2:30–3:15 Introduction Andrey PETROV, Univ. Northern Iowa, USA

3:15–4:00 Concepts of sustainability and sustainable development and the Arctic Peter SCHWEITZER, Univ. Vienna, Austria, and Jessica GRAYBILL, Colgate Univ., New York, USA

Coffee Break: 4:00–4:30

4:30–5:15 Methodological approaches to understanding sustainability Gary KOIFINAS, Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks,

USA 5:15–6:00 Sustainable environments Jessica GRAYBILL, Colgate Univ., New York, USA

Paper Session 4D ~ Exchange Belmont Book Session II: Sustainability and Development in the Arctic: A Synthesis of Knowledge

Chair: Jessica GRAYBILL, Colgate Univ., New York, USA

8:30–9:15 Sustainable regions and communities Rasmus Ole RASMUSSEN, Nordregio, Sweden

9:15–10:00 Sustainable economies Joan LARSEN, Univ. Akureyri, Iceland, and Lee HUSKEY, Univ. Alaska, Anchorage, USA

Coffee Break: 10:00–10:30

10:30–11:15 Sustainable cultures Peter SCHWEITZER and Gertrude SAXINGER, Univ. Vienna, Austria

11:15–12:00 Sustainable cities Aileen ESPIRITU, Univ. Tromsø, Norway

Paper Session 5D ~ Exchange Belmont Book Session III: Sustainability and Development in the Arctic: A Synthesis of Knowledge

Chair: Peter SCHWEITZER, Univ. Vienna, Austria

2:00–2:45 Sustainable resources Chris SOUTHCOTT, Lakehead Univ., Canada, Gary KOIFINAS, Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks, USA

2:45–3:30 Monitoring of sustainability and sustainable development Tatiana VLASOVA, Andrey PETROV, Univ. Northern Iowa, USA, Joan LARSEN, Univ. Akureyri, Iceland

Coffee Break: 3:30–4:00

4:00–4:45 Governance for sustainability Klaus Georg HANSEN, Government of Greenland

4:45–5:30 Future directions Andrey PETROV, Univ. Northern Iowa, USA, Peter SCHWEITZER, Univ. Vienna, Austria, Jessica GRAYBILL, Colgate Univ., New York, USA



Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context:

What can we learn from or teach the rest of the world?


The Arctic-FROST research coordination network is pleased to announce The Third Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context in Vienna, Austria (September 9-12, 2016).

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context.


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NSF Arctic-COAST I: Indicators, Resilience, and Governance in Arctic Coastal Social-Ecological Systems
June 23-25, 2016

Murmansk, Russia – Soviet nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”

This workshop will gather social and physical scientists, as well as community members, policymakers and business representatives to discuss the issues of measuring impacts of development and environmental change on coastal communities and designing sustainable development indicators to assess the condition of coastal social-ecological systems (CoSES). Furthermore, the workshop will discuss the system of science- and community-based indicators can be used for local and national policy-making and improving business opportunities in Arctic coastal towns.

Key themes/questions:
1. What are the major changes and drivers within CoSES in the Russian (western) Arctic vis-à-vis other Barents and Polar Regions?
2. What are the most important elements of SES do we measure/monitor to understand impacts and responses within CoSES and assess their resilience?
3. What experience is available in the Arctic in respect to standard observations and community-based monitoring?
4. What are the avenues to connect data and knowledge with governance and business opportunities, in particular in the Russian Arctic coast? (cf. Arctic investment protocol).

For more information about the workshop and Arctic-COAST, please visit:  Also contact:



March 14th 2016

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), FAIRBANKS, AK

Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building

Arctic Social Sciences in the 21st Century:
and Funding Priorities

Plenary on Arctic social sciences: 9:30-4:00 PM

Breakout discussion sessions: 1:30-3:00 PM

Bringing together members of the Arctic social science and indigenous communities to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities and Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP) within the context of a rapidly changing circumpolar North. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE WELCOME.

The NSF Arctic Social Sciences Program is undergoing a re-envisioning process. In response to this opportunity “Arctic Horizons: Social Sciences in the Arctic” is organizing a series of discussion sessions and workshops in 2016 that will bring together a wide range of social scientists and indigenous scholars in an effort to gauge the community’s research priorities for the next 10 to 15 years.  We will also solicit input from the wider arctic social science community through a web survey.  The outcome of this effort will be a report that includes the community’s recommendations for the future funding priorities in arctic social science research.

More information:                                                 NSF PLR 1608883


“Sustainability that Works in the Arctic: Sharing Challenges and Experiences of Arctic Communities on the Path to Sustainable Development”

MARCH 21-23, 2016

AURORA INN, Nome, AK       

This workshop brings together scientists and Arctic community members from Alaska, Canada, and Russia to share their experiences in respect to successes and challenges of long-term, sustainable development in arctic communities. ‘Sustainable development’ is broadly defined here to refer to such development that improves human well-being and health, while preserving ecosystem functions and structures. 

In the recent decades Arctic communities experienced dramatic economic, social and cultural transformations, as well as a rapid environmental change. While some communities were able to partially capitalize on new economic opportunities, assert their rights and preserve ecosystems, others are facing formidable challenges and struggles. As the second UN Indigenous Peoples Decade is ending, it is an opportune time to reflect on the relevance and meanings of sustainable development in Indigenous communities, and analyze experiences from various corners of the Arctic. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for such information- and story-sharing among Arctic Indigenous people and facilitate the knowledge exchange with social scientists.


Arctic-FROST Research Network, USA

Resources and Sustainable Development (ReSDA), Canada

 “Land Claims, Substance Economies and Resource Development 

ReSDA and Arctic-FROST co-sponsored community workshop

October 21-23, 2015, Kuujjuaq, Canada

This workshop was held in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik in northern Quebec, and was devoted to sustainable community development as it relates to resources and land claim agreements.


Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

Arctic-FROST ANNUAL MEETING 2015- St. Petersburg, Russia

August 15-17, 2015

European University, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Arctic-FROST research coordination network held The Second Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Arctic in St. Petersburg, Russia (August 15-17, 2015).

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop was Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic. Papers could deal with any aspect of interplay between natural resources (non-renewable and renewable) and sustainability/sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic.


 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

  Chicago, IL

April 21-25, 2015

Arctic-FROST was involved with the 2015 AAG meeting as sponsors for a number of Arctic presentations.  A few of these were:

Accessing the North: Environmental and Economic Change in the Arctic

Governance of Polar Regions

Mapping the Changing Arctic Environment

Sustainability and Urbanization in the North

 “Canada and the US: Partners & Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development”

Arctic Symposium – University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

March 9, 2015

Arctic-FROST would like to invite you to attend (or listen via podcast) to the first Arctic symposium and exhibit on UNI campus:

Monday, March 9th the UNI Museum, Geography Department and the Consulate General of Canada will be hosting Canada and the US: Partners & Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development, a symposium that aims to educate and facilitate conversations about Arctic exploration, sustainability, and governance. The symposium will run from 10 AM to 1 PM Central Standard Time in the Rod Library Museum space.

The event can be viewed live online at, and you can join the conversation on Twitter with #ArcticUNI and follow us at @CanCGMPLS, @RodLibrary, and @NorthernIowa.

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Read more about this event on our News page!

“Understanding Sustainability in the Arctic: A Transdisciplinary Workshop

ICARP III Workshop – Charleston, SC

February 6-11, 2015


A group of eight Arctic researchers — anthropologists, ecologists, geographers, and political scientists — came together to develop a white paper on Arctic Sustainability for delivery at ASSW 2015, as part of the ICARP-III process. The workshop  was a collaborative effort  by US NSF’s Research Coordination Network ArcticFrost (Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability), IASC’s Social and Human Working Group, and the International Arctic Social Sciences Association. The paper will elaborate on the current state of sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic, while identifying related knowledge gaps and research priorities for the next decade. It will include a historical overview of the concepts of sustainability in global and Arctic contexts, a progress report on research related to Arctic sustainability, and recommendations regarding key priorities for Arctic sustainability research for the next decade. A first full draft of the white paper will be presented at the ICARP III conference in Toyama, Japan.

Main contributions to ICARP III in terms of the ICARP III priorities

The workshop will result in White Paper on Arctic Sustainability research to be presented at ICARP III.


  1. An interdisciplinary group of scholars reviewed multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary contributions to Arctic sustainability research.
  2. Identified progress in Arctic sustainability research in general and specifically in respect to ICARP II Science Plans.
  3. Identified knowledge gaps (persistent and new).
  4. Developed Agenda 2025 for Arctic sustainability research.
  5. The White Paper will contribute to coordinating various Arctic research agendas and inform policy makers, people who live in or near the Arctic and the global community.

Main organizers and additional partners:

Andrey Petrov (University of Northern Iowa, USA), Gail Fondahl (UNBC, Canada) and Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna, Austria).

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“Sustainability and Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Meanings and Means”

Arctic-FROST ANNUAL MEETING 2014 – Anchorage, Alaska

September 18-20, 2014

UAA Consortium  Library Room 307, Anchorage, Alaska

Arctic-FROST will hold its meeting “Meanings and Means of Sustainability in the Arctic” in Anchorage, Alaska, 18-20 September 2014. This will be one of the main activities for the Arctic FROST (Frontiers of Sustainability) Research Coordination Network, funded by the National Science Foundation ( Network’s goal is to coordinate a large-scale network of academics and practitioners focused on understanding how ideas about sustainability are perceived, navigated and utilized in the Arctic.

The inaugural Anchorage meeting’s speakers will include well-known sustainability scholars in addition to early career researchers dedicated to regional Arctic sustainability research. Planned presentations include conceptual/theoretical frameworks for addressing sustainability in addition to field-based case studies.

The meeting is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The meeting will be followed by the Early Career Scholars Workshop.

Preliminary agenda


Arctic-FROST Co-Sponsored Panels and Sessions 

May 22-25, 2014

Read more here.

ReSDA / Arctic-FROST co-hosted reception

 May 24, 2014

We would like to invite you to the ReSDA / Arctic-FROST co-hostedreception that is being held during ICASS VIII.

 Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Place: Ramada Hotel Downtown Prince George, Cranbrook Southcentre Room, Prince George, BC

Please join us for appetizers, coffee, tea and a cash bar. This will be an opportunity to meet the researchers and others that are involved with these research networks.

Please confirm your attendance at the reception via email to

More details on ReSDA at and
Arctic FROST at

 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) VIII: Arctic-FROST  

Plenary and Sessions –  Prince George, BC

May 22-26, 2014

Association of American Geographers Arctic-FROST Side Sessions: Arctic Sustainability

Tampa, FL

April 8-12, 2014

First Arctic-FROST Steering Committee Meeting

Cedar Falls, IA

 December 17-18th, 2013

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