Practices of everyday living and societal conditions in the arctic regions propose specific challenges to education and decent work. Education and decent work are interlinked, as educated individuals are able to challenge the prevailing conditions and pursue towards decent work.

In Finland’s Chairmanship program a central goal is to strengthen the network of education specialists in cooperation with the University of the Arctic. These networks, when successful, promote participants’ possibilities of producing quality education and conditions for decent work in local communities. An arctic citizen science begins with the idea that in order to understand better the northern area it is important to collaborate with local people when researching their environment and living conditions. This helps to create knowledge that is useful for local communities and for policy makers.

We are inviting presentations on research and development projects where collaboration between participants and universities have been strengthened, and where locals’ understanding of particularities of work and education in their region is acknowledged. We are interested in different ways of acknowledging the local understanding, as well as in different ways of collaborating with the locals. Also theoretical presentations are welcomed.

We hope that presentations describe what kind of changes the R&D projects have strived for, how these striving have succeeded and how the success has been evaluated, and whether and how the initiated changes and networks have been supported after the particular project has ended. Digital solutions in supporting the initiated processes and networks are of particular interest.