Last week, I spoke at the Tenth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences as part of a panel discussion on ‘Innovation and Pedagogy in Circumpolar Studies’. My presentation, entitled ‘Model Arctic Council for sustainable development‘, proposed that experiential learning through Model Arctic Council (MAC) — such as the Polar Aspect MACs that I design and run for schools and universities — can help to promote Arctic sustainable development. I first gave this presentation last month at the Third UArctic Congress, and it was a privilege to be able to bring it to a new audience.
My presentation was essentially a summary of the conclusions of my forthcoming paper of the same title. Originally planned as a book chapter, it is now scheduled to be published this year in a special edition of the journal Polar Geography, edited by Prof Diane Hirshberg of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
As at the Third UArctic Congress, the panel session was once again sponsored by the Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education—a new institute within the international University of the Arctic (UArctic) that I’m very please to serve as Managing Director.