Fulbright Arctic Initiative Round 2: Key Findings and Policy Recommendations for Resilient, Thriving and Sustainable Arctic Communities and Economies | Wilson Center

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Round 2: Key Findings and Policy Recommendations for Resilient, Thriving and Sustainable Arctic Communities and Economies

There will be a webcast of this event

The Arctic faces critical policy challenges on many issues including climate change response, public health and health care infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, sustainable management of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, Indigenous rights, and governance. These challenges require international cooperation and policy decisions that are grounded in Indigenous and local knowledge and western science and informed by Arctic residents. The Fulbright Program, with its 73-year history of creating connections in a complex and changing world, formed the Fulbright Arctic Initiative to support interdisciplinary policy-relevant research important to residents and stakeholders vested in the future of the Arctic.

This Symposium reports on research findings and selected policy recommendations from the Fulbright Arctic Initiative thematic research teams, who during 18-months of collaborative work focused on 1) supporting health and well-being to ensure that Arctic communities develop pathways to thrive and, 2) addressing scales of risk from local to global to enhance economic sustainability in the Arctic. The discussion to follow will focus on possible research priorities and opportunities for the next round of scholars in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, 2020-21.



Welcome Remarks

  • Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO, Wilson Center (invited)


Keynote Speakers

  • Ambassador Bergdís Ellersdottír, Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C.
  • Meredith Rubin, Senior Arctic Official, U.S. Department of State


Fulbright Arctic Initiative Overview

  • Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute, Wilson Center, and; Fulbright Arctic Co-Lead Scholar
  • Ross Virginia, Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College, and; Fulbright Arctic Co-Lead Scholar


Fulbright Panel Topics

  • From Resilient to Thriving: Supporting Health and Well-being in Arctic Communities
  • From Local to Global: Scales of Risk and Pathways to Sustainable Arctic Economies
  • Next Steps: Policy Relevant Research Priorities for an Expanding Fulbright Arctic Network


Fulbright Panelists

  • Eleanor Bors, Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, United States
  • Katie Cueva, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska, Anchorage, United States
  • Elena Gladun, Associate Professor, Institute of State and Law, University of Tyumen, Russia
  • Daria Gritsenko, Assistant Professor, Aleksanteri Institute and HELDIG, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Sean Guistini, Manager, Nunavut Arctic College Media Department of Language and Culture, Nunavut Arctic College, Canada
  • Gwen Healey, Co-Founder, Executive and Scientific Director, Quajigiartiit Health Research Center, Canada
  • Lara Johannsdottir, Associate Professor, School of Business, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Nicole Kanayurak, Assistant to the Director, North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, United States
  • Christina Larsen, Senior Advisor, Research Director, Center for Public Health (Greenland), National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Sanne Larsen, Associate Professor, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Josée Lavoie, Director, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Soili Nysten-Haarala, Professor, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Elizabeth Rink, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Development, Montana State University, United States
  • Todd Sformo, Research Scientist, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, United States
  • Jon Petter Stoor, Clinical Psychologist, Sámi Norwegian National Advisory Unit of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Sweden
  • Svetlana Tulaeva, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Political Studies, North-West Institute of Management, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia