Arctic safety and security: Promoting safety and security throughout collaboration networks

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.1 Educating next generation leaders for Arctic & global challenges
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 05:10 PM - 05:25 PM (UTC +3)
Location IT138
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Harri Ruoslahti
Author(s) Harri Ruoslahti (Laurea University of Applied Sciences; University of Jyväskylä, Finland), Kirsi Hyttinen (Laurea University of Applied Sciences; University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Abstract text

Arctic cooperation between Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland has been peaceful with little geopolitical tension (Pezard et al., 2017). Plans to prospect Arctic natural resources (Haftendorn, 2016) however raise challenges. Reforms to global governance systems have been attempted, but new bodies mainly focus on specific challenges. Thus coherence and constructive collaboration among global and regional policies, actors and institutions are needed. Effective networks for knowledge and information sharing by all stakeholders, policy makers, academics and education providers, authorities, non-state actors, and successful collaboration between these networks, can contribute to Arctic safety and security.

How can collaboration networks in the Arctic promote safety and security towards joint goals?

How can collaboration networks, which co-create knowledge and information sharing, contribute to education and academic work that promotes Arctic safety and security?


The research methods of this study include participatory observation and expert interviews collected from 2015 to 2018. The findings are presented in line with the phases 4 through 6 of Engeström’s (2007) Expansive Learning Process: exploring the new solution, adopting the new solution, and evaluating the process. First, understanding the dynamics and trends in the Artic domain will provide background for designing a new solution. Second, co-creation and collaboration can support the best practices to adopt the new solution. Thirdly, evaluation processes aim to ensure the quality and delivery of activities towards common objectives. Developing smooth and effective networks for information sharing, can promote better situational awareness and decision-making to benefit the Arctic domain.

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