ERIC Number: ED447980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Arctic Social Sciences: Opportunities in Arctic Research.
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, AK.
The U.S. Congress passed the Arctic Research and Policy Act in 1984 and designated the National Science Foundation (NSF) the lead agency in implementing arctic research policy. In 1989, the parameters of arctic social science research were outlined, emphasizing three themes: human-environment interactions, community viability, and rapid social change. This booklet reports on a 1997 workshop in which participants reviewed the progress made in the first 7 years and identified opportunities and needs in arctic social science research. Chapter 1 explains the context and the unique opportunities the Arctic offers to social science researchers. Chapter 2 describes five current research themes: culture and environment, resources and economic change, development of social and political institutions, ethnic and regional identities, and indigenous knowledge systems. Chapter 3 discusses working in the Arctic. NSF encourages interdisciplinary research that blends qualitative and quantitative research into collaborative projects involving partnerships among scientists, indigenous peoples, and local organizations. Research should be relevant to local needs and contribute to education programs in and outside arctic communities. Chapters 4-8 contain 71 references; NSF grant awards in arctic social sciences, 1991-1999; the principles for conduct of research in the Arctic; current arctic research program opportunities and information on submission of proposals; and reviewers, contributors, and workshop participants. (TD)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Community Involvement, Cultural Awareness, Indigenous Populations, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Cooperation, Participatory Research, Qualitative Research, Research Opportunities, Researcher Subject Relationship, Social Change, Social Science Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, AK.