Towards Arctic Human Development Index: Philosophical foundations and practical approaches
|Session Name||2.10 Self-governance and regional development in the High North: What (and how) information is used for strategic development?|
|Author(s)||Andrey Mineev (Nord University Business School, Norway)|
During the recent decade, the Arctic regions with their extremely rich yet difficult to get natural resources have attracted a lot of attention by national states, global businesses and international policy makers. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the region were addressed in plenty of comprehensive studies and reports. Many of them addressed issues of people and quality of life. However, it seems that these issues were sub ordinary to the issues of economic development. This can be a good reasoning for elimination of cross-regional disparities but there is a risk of developing a self-limiting view of people and the Arctic. Besides, can the Arctic offer unique opportunities for development of knowledge by people, even those not necessary living there? This aim of this paper is to systematize and question available knowledge about opportunities for human development associated with the Arctic. In doing so, I plan to review the extant studies and reports dealing with human development in the Arctic directly (like Arctic Human development report) and indirectly - like Human Development Index or World Happiness Report. To review the studies I would like to address their philosophical assumptions. The latter assumes references to broader philosophic literature on human development. Furthermore, I want to address a question if human development in the Arctic can or should be measured in terms of index in order to provide information for decision-making. Here, a methodology developed in the project Business Index North and other projects can be of value.
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