Arctic Social Sciences in the 21st Century
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This workshop brought together researchers working on multidisciplinary natural/social science projects addressing issues of contemporary change in the North with social scientists focused on policy development at a global scale. This focus draws on the expertise of Brown University’s Watson Center for International Studies (http://watson.brown.edu ), the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES, http://www.brown.edu/academics/institute-environment-society/about), and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s (http://www.brown.edu/haffenreffer) six-decade engagement with northern people and northern heritage. We hope to encourage connections and deeper exploration of the integration of broad-based social and natural scientific research in policy development and implementation, as well as the degrees to which policy development and forecasting should lead to the prioritization of research funding or be independent from it. As Arctic Horizons’ only East Coast venue, we drew largely from eastern North America, with a small number of international participants from the North Atlantic region and Canada.