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Arctic Horizons Panel and Forum at AAG-2016, April 1st, 2016

April 13, 2016 By Andrey Petrov,

The Arctic Horizons panel “Polar Issues VI: Arctic Horizons 2025: NSF forum on the Future of Arctic Social Research “ was held at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting on April 1st, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. Panelists included: Andrey N. Petrov (Organizer), University of Northern Iowa,  Jessica K. Graybill (Moderator), Colgate University, Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut; Kelsey Nyland, Michigan State Univ.; Victoria A. Walsey, University of Kansas; Ben Bradshaw, University of Guelph; Timothy Edmund Heleniak, Nordregio - The Nordic Centre for Spatial Development; Hal Salzman, Rutgers University; Dmitry A. Streletskiy, George Washington University; Jay T. Johnson, University of Kansas; Natalia Loukacheva, UNBC.

A moderated panel discussion also involved the audience in a townhall format. One of the guest speakers was Hon. Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission. 20 other AAG audience members participated in the discussions. There was considerable participation from physical geographers, both on the panel (Streletsky, Nyland, Stephenson) and in the audience.

All panelists were asked to respond to the following questions: What are the domains of human experience in the North that warrant further attention on the part of the social science researchers over the next 10-15 years? What should be funding priorities for NSF in respect to Arctic social sciences?

Given that most of the panelists were geographers, the discussion revolved around the themes of place-based research, comparative studies, focus on coupled human-environmental systems as a good way to build collaborations with biogeophysical scientists, attention to migration, urban and remote areas.

We appreciate everyone’s contribution!