6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

From the Bottom Up: Human Security in the Arctic

Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, professor of international relations at the University of Tromsø—The Arctic University of Norway, will discuss how human security is understood from “the bottom up,” and how the concept has been engaged—or not engaged—in discussions about the Arctic.

Hoogensen Gjørv looks at the way the concept of security, considered broadly, explains social and political behavior for Arctic stakeholders. Non-traditional security challenges in the Arctic range from safety for Arctic inhabitants and visitors, to the reliable supply of necessities—including, but not limited to food, fuel, and medicine—across Arctic distances. What role does the concept of power play in a regional understanding of security? Hoogensen Gjørv considers these issues and how policy can address them on a community level, at a the level of the nation-state, and broadly across the entire Arctic region.

This event is cosponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program.

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  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv

    Professor, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning, University of Tromsø—The Arctic University of Norway. She is a 2015-16 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar at the University of Washington, as well as a research associate with the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Research Group of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.