Arctic Futures – Imakalezing 12.2012

Arctic Futures: It’s About Climate Change – But Also Much More!
Lezing: Gail Fondahl
18 december 2012 / 15.00 uur / Arctisch Centrum
Aweg 30 (ingang Herman Colleniusstraat) / zaal 214 / 9718 CW Groningen;
Voertaal: Engels / Toegang gratis.
Climate change will have significant impact on Arctic environments and on Arctic
people’s lives. But ask Arctic residents about climate change and many will note that they are more concerned about rapid socio-economic changes that they face, such as acculturation, urbanization, and economic and cultural globalization.
Fondahl will look at key socio-economic trends in the Arctic, some directly related to climate change, some only tangentially connected or discrete. I also consider the growing role of social sciences in Arctic research, in tracking, analyzing and predicting change, and in offering critical evidence based research on which to base policy recommendations to address such change. She will underscore Canada’s role in such social science research.
Gail Fondahl is professor of geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, and is currently president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASC – 2011-2014). She holds a BA from Dartmouth College, and a MA and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in the legal geographies of indigenous land rights and land claims in the Russian North: her research looks into both the changing spaces that legal reforms permit; and the materialization of those spaces as the new laws are invoked, interpreted and implemented. She has also carried out co-managed research on sustainable resource management with Tl’azt’en Nation in northern British Columbia. Gail is co-lead on the Arctic Human Development Report 2 (AHDR-2), a project under the aegis of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group. She represents Canada on the IASC Social and Human Working Group, and serves as Vice-Chair for that group.