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Global Alternatives for an Interconnected Arctic

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 275846

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    15 May 2012

  • End date

    14 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 223 038,33

  • EU contribution

    € 223 038,33

Coordinated by:

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

Objective

In the wake of climate change and new geopolitical conditions, the Arctic is of great interest to states, not just as a region of competition and cooperation but as one that forces a fundamental reconceptualization of how the modern state system categorizes the world. It is simultaneously a place of land, water, and ice; seen as empty yet containing a vibrant indigenous population; an inaccessible region where Europe, Asia, and North America nonetheless meet. These contradictions create challenges for the peoples and states that wish to govern the region.

This project extends past research in order to build foundations for governance in the Arctic. Having gathered information about how policymakers and other actors view the Arctic through two phases of interviews in the circumpolar North, I will gain further insight by classifying governance proposals for the region and discussing these proposals directly with the group(s) that made them. That is, I will specifically examine proposed institutions, legal instruments, and agreements that are devoted to cooperation among national governments, and how support for one or another of these governance arrangements builds on perceptions of the Arctic’s material environment. I will then follow up with interviews in which I inquire further into why respondents support a particular proposal, and code both proposals and justifications in parallel databases to identify correlations.

This research, to be carried out at Royal Holloway, U. of London, will be in collaboration with Prof Klaus Dodds, an expert in polar governance. Together, we intend to forge a nexus between academic communities and policymakers in Europe and North America, sharing ideas and theories with relevant parties. Because regional change is creating a challenging policy environment for the EU, it is imperative that Europe gain a better understanding of the driving forces behind specific groups’ positions and the implications of various policy options.
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Coordinator

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

Address

Egham Hill University Of London
Tw20 0ex Egham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 223 038,33

Administrative Contact

Rosemary Greaves (Ms.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 275846

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    15 May 2012

  • End date

    14 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 223 038,33

  • EU contribution

    € 223 038,33

Coordinated by:

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

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