On behalf of the High North Dialogue, we invite you to take part in High North Dialogue Research Workshop: Perspectives of the young. The international multidisciplinary workshop will be held as a hybrid event in Stormen in Bodø and online on April 7, 2022, in conjunction with the annual High North Dialogue week.

During the recent decade, the Arctic regions, with their extremely rich yet difficult to get natural resources, have attracted much attention from national states, global businesses, and international policymakers. To use the resource potential but maintain the sensitive Arctic environment and contribute to the people living in the area, we need more knowledge about the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the Arctic. It is a promising area for future studies, and no wonder that many young researchers worldwide look at this field with optimism and interest.

Why and for whom?

High North Dialogue Research Workshop is especially focused on young people’s participation. We invite bachelor students, master students, and PhD students to present and discuss their ideas and projects concerned with social-economic and industrial Arctic development and connect with similarly minded scholars across academic fields and institutions.

The workshop aims at inspiring young researchers for further activity and creating scientific network connections among young students. Students will have the opportunity to present their papers, discuss the Arctic development’s key issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, and get feedback from professors and qualified experts. We believe that the workshop is helpful in motivating students to keep on their research in the international and interdisciplinary context.

When: Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 16:00 – 17:30

Stormen library, meeting room on 2nd floor  


Part 1. Key speakers & student presentations

 16:00-16:20      How will converging geophysical and socioeconomic pressures shape Arctic development between now and 2050?

Peggy Wilcox, Doctoral Fellow | Assistant Policy Researcher

Pardee RAND Graduate School | RAND Corporation

 16:20-16:35      Young scholars and media/social media. Worth doing, and how to succeed?  

Lillian Hussong, the Interim President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute.

16:35-16:55     The Changing Arctic in a Global Context

Laurence C. Smith, John Atwater, and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies


Part 2. Student presentations

17:00-17:20      An Analysis of Water, Energy, and Food (WEF) Security in Alaska

Chloe Smith Lopez, MSc student, University of Saskatchewan

Discussant: Olivia Pfeifer, Master in Public Administration, University of Alaska Anchorage

17:20-17:30     The Cost of Climate Change to Arctic Communities and Infrastructure

Sonia Clemens, The George Washington University

Summary and closing of the Research Workshop


Contact information:

Elena Zhurova, PhD, Adviser, High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University. Tel. +47 755 17 124/ mob. +47 936 84 061, E-mail: elena.zhurova@nord.no.