Polar Aspect produce insightful research, analysis and commentary on Arctic issues, with a particular focus on Arctic public policy and regional governance.

Our thinking has ranged over the relationship between federal and territorial governments in the north of Canada, the intersection of industrial development and indigenous rights, and the tensions between the environmental movement and indigenous economic activities such as sealing, whaling and hunting. We have also published on our innovative Model Arctic Council educational programme.

Our expertise is grounded in first-hand experience of daily life and policy work in the Arctic.  Polar Aspect’s founder and Managing Principal, Dr Anthony Speca, formerly lived in Iqaluit in the Canadian Arctic, and served as a senior civil servant in charge of fiscal and economic policy for the Government of Nunavut.


Polar Aspect have presented our perspective on Arctic issues and Arctic education to various audiences, including:

  • Arctic Congress Bodø
  • British Association for Canadian Studies
  • International Arctic Science Committee
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Association
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • MUN Impact Global Youth Summit
  • Northumbria University
  • Polar Educators International
  • Polar Law Symposium
  • Royal Geographical Society (East of England)
  • UK Arctic Science Conference (UK Arctic Office)
  • United Nations Association–UK (Norwich & District)
  • University of Akureyri
  • University of the Arctic
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Durham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Oxford
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Polar Aspect’s research, analysis and commentary have appeared in a number of publications, including:

  • The Arctic Journal
  • Arctic Yearbook
  • Northern Public Affairs
  • Nunatsiaq News
  • Polar Geography
  • Policy Options / Options Politiques
  • Wilson Center Polar Initiative Policy Briefs
  • The Winnipeg Free Press


You can read many of Polar Aspect’s publications, and browse a full record of our speaking engagements, in our news feed.  If you require any further information, or if you wish to discuss how Polar Aspect’s Arctic expertise could be of service to you or your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us.