Non-State Science Diplomacy as a Tool for Cooperation in the Arctic

Presentation at the Calotte Academy

Calotte Academy 2022

The global Arctic today: cooperation & power politics, fossil economy & climate catastrophe, science & Indigenous knowledge. 

 “School of Arctic Dialogue” in Kiruna, Abisko, Tromsø, Alta, Hetta, Inari and Rovaniemi

10 — 18 June 2022  

The Calotte Academy is an annual traveling symposium and international forum in Europe’s North Calotte region, designed to promote interdisciplinary discourse, and implement the interplay between senior and young researchers for to train and supervise early-career scientists in circumpolar Arctic studies. It is a “school of dialogue” and participatory by nature with an idea to share knowledge and experiences with communities, and foster academic and policy-oriented dialogue among members of the research community and a wide range of other northern stakeholders. It is also an interdisciplinary brainstorming meeting to bring researchers and other experts from different fields, regions and countries together for to discover and implement new methods and applications. The Calotte Academy is for established researchers and early-career scientists (ECS), particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic and/or knowledge backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2022 Calotte Academy.

Elena Adasheva and Luiza Brodt. Non-State Science Diplomacy as a Tool for Cooperation in the Arctic

Abstract: In 2022, global conflicts deeply impacted cooperation in the Arctic region, raising numerous concerns about the Arctic present and future. This presentation aims to facilitate a discussion about opportunities and platforms for collaboration between the variety of actors in the Arctic. First, we propose to consider the concept of non-state science diplomacy to de-center the nation state, focusing on the needs of scientific knowledge production instead. Then, we examine two case studies: International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and Arctic permafrost research networks. These non-state actors create international epistemic communities, develop a shared disciplinary knowledge base, and define global research agenda in Arctic sciences. Concurrently, they influence decision-making and various levels of policy. Finally, we open up a floor for a conversation with the Calotte Academy fellows about how this framework and analysis may help scholars and practitioners to think about new strategies for building cooperation in the global Arctic. We ask, How do non-state actors continue cross-border collaborations in the time of global conflicts? What are the possibilities for cooperation between state and non-state actors in the Arctic today?