Heather Gordon is a doctoral student in Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is from Alaska and is Iñupiaq. Heather’s current project is based on interviews with Arctic researchers and interviews and focus groups with Inuit members of a community in Greenland to understand relationship building between researchers and Arctic Indigenous community members.
I was born, raised, and reside in Yukon Territory, located in northern Canada. I am currently a Masters of Educational Leadership student at Simon Fraser University. I am primarily interested in knowledge dissemination between northern communities and southern institutions, what these collaborative concepts look like, and how these exchanges can either benefit northern peoples or proliferate centralized agendas. My goal is to engender working groups or coalitions whose purpose is to advocate on behalf of northern autonomy. I coordinate a program that works with Aboriginal youth and their family members, most of whom face numerous societal and personal barriers. I work to increase protective factors among Aboriginal families, to strengthen the resiliency of vulnerable youth, and to encourage transparency measures between agency and First Nation communities.Down time is usually spent hiking or canoeing my great land, the most ruggedly beautiful patch of unspoilt real estate this world has to offer. I spend a significant amount of time exploring the wild, seizing every opportunity I have to go, as we say in the north, "into the bush".
Vienna Poiesz is a Political Science undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current project is directed toward researching the effectiveness of the current Arctic environmental governance regime, including new developments such as the IMO Polar Code. Her research is executed in hopes of gaining a better understanding of possibilities for increasing multilateral cooperation and describing relevant environmental governance institutions necessary to ensuring the region's future environmental security.
I was born in Murmansk region of NW Russia on May 14, 1984. I completed my studies at Petrozavodsk State University as Ecologist and Interpreter in 2006. Currently I am a Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. My research focuses on observations of climate data, snow cover and avalanches as natural hazardous processes in highly industrialized Russian Arctic regions. Since 2007 I was involved in IPY PPS Arctic project as a member of Benefits Russian Team (“Natural and Social Science Research Cooperation in Northern Russia and Norway for Mutual Benefits across National and Scientific Borders”) and coordinator for socially oriented observations on quality of life of people in Murmansk region. At the moment I am involved as Khibiny base representative in EU 7 Framework Programme project INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic).
APECS organized a career development workshop on 21 May 2014 during the 8th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII) held from 22 - 26 May 2014 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
About ICASS VIII: ICASS is held every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science research in the Arctic. The University of Northern British Columbia was the host of the 2014 conference. ICASS VIII's theme was Northern Sustainabilities. More information can be found on the conference website: http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/icass2014/
Early Career Researcher Travel Support: The ICASS VIII Organizers and partnering organizations raised funds to provide support to students and early career scientists on a competitive basis to help cover their travel costs to attend the conference. APECS helped with the coordination of the travel awards.