Andrey Petrov, President
Director, ARCTICenter and Department of Geography
University of Northern Iowa
205 ITTC UNI 50614-0406
My name is Andrey Petrov and I am a social scientist with a 'circumpolar' career; I was born, raised and educated in Russia, recieved my PhD in Canada (Toronto) and work as Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdiciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. I am the Vice-Chair and U.S. Representative on the IASC Social & Human Sciences Working Group and Past-Chair of the Polar Geography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers.
My research primarily focuses on economic issues in northern communities and policies of regional development in the Arctic. A also study human-environment relationships and Arctic socio-ecological systems. I lead a number of circumpolar research initiatives, most importantly the NSF research coordination networks in Arctic sustainability (Arctic-FROST and Artic-COAST). I have also been participant of the Arctic Social Indicators, Arctic Human Development Report, ReSDA and other major international projects.
I was privileged to be first elected to the IASSA Council in 2011 and since have directed my efforts to supporting representative and transparent gevernance process in this thriving organization.
Peter Sköld, Past President
Peter Sköld is professor in history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University, Sweden. He is the director of the Centre for Arctic Research (Arcum). Skölds' research profile includes historical demography, indigenous health transitions and northern cultures. Apart from being the former president for International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), Sköld is member of UArctic Board of Governors and chair for WG Human and Social Sciences in the International Arctic Science Committe (IASC). He is also Swedish delegate of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development WG Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group (SECEG). 2014-2018 Sköld is co-leader of the 4,5 million Euro project New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic, involving 30 researchers.
Professor of Education Policy
Director of Center for Alaska Education Policy Research
Institute of Social and Economic Research
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and school change. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, as well as school finance issues. She has served or is currently evaluator for a number of federally funded education reform initiatives in Alaska and beyond, and currently is the North America lead for the Arctic Youth-Sustainable Futures project, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Dr. Hirshberg sits on both the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST RCN. She also is a member of the “visionary group” for the Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project with the First Alaskans Institute. She teaches in the UAA Honors College and the College of Education. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland
I am an associate professor of international relations teaching at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
My main scientific interests include the development of the international relations in the Arctic, currently with the focus on a role of non-state actors in the Arctic governance and mechanisms of the science diplomacy.
As a member of the Committee on Polar Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, I engage in the development of Arctic research in Poland. Additionally, I am also involved in works of the IASC’s Social & Human Working Group and I am a Polish delegate to the IASC Council since 2017.
My research focuses are the multitude of relations of people and institutions to the environment: in particular I look on social aspects of extractive industries and transport infrastructures (i.e. the built environment). I am interested in mobility studies where I study multi-local lives of fly-in/fly-out petroleum and mining workers, inequality in the (im)mobility context as well as gender aspects as a crosscutting issue in these fields. In the course of various international research projects I am conducting field work in Siberia as well as in Canada´s Yukon Territory with indigenous and non-indigenous people.
The transfer of scientific knowledge to the public is a key concern in my work. Therefore I am a proponent of combining applied research, community based research and theory building in the Arctic social sciences.
I am serving since 2014 as IASSA council member and since several years as Austrian representative of IASC. In 2017 I was able to establish together with colleagues the IASSA Working Group “Gender in the Arctic”. As a founding member of the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI), and spokesperson of the Regional Group Circumpolar and Siberian Studies of the German Association of Anthropologists (DGV), I am actively promoting Arctic social sciences in non-Arctic countries. Serving on the IASSA Council means not only representing scholars from these regions, but also to foster scientific collaboration among newly emerging research groups and established scholars/centers in Arctic and non-Arctic regions.
Dr. Tatiana Vlasova is a leading researcher at the Institute of Geography, Russia where she received her PhD in social/economic geography. She graduated from Moscow State University's Geographical Department as a physical geographer. Her experience in the Arctic is based on her fieldwork and participation in several international multidisciplinary projects such as; Arctic Climate Impact Assessment where she served as a representative from RAIPON, Local Health and Environmental Reporting from the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North (UNEP Grid-Arendal), Arctic Social Indicators, and the Arctic Resilience Report as an IASSA representative. During the IPY 2007-2008 she served as a member of the IPY Committee of Russia and on the Sub-Committee on Observations. Her current research interests include socially-oriented observations and assessments of quality of life conditions and human capital development involving traditional and local knowledge. She is the leader of a Russian team of the Belmont forum “Arctic sustainability: synthesis of Knowledge” (ASUS) project supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the ARCTIC Studio - a mobile platform for international exchange of knowledge and views within the framework of transdisciplinary communication of scientists, educators, the public, authorities, businesses for sustainable and resilient development of the Arctic and its regions. The Arctic Studio is supported by the International Geographical Union Commission on "Cold and High Altitude Regions" (CHAR) which Tatiana Vlasova chairs. She is a Councilor of the International Arctic Social Science Association (IASSA) and a member of the editorial board of “Polar Geography”.
Gary N. Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, Canada. He also serves as the Acting Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies and the Coordinator of the Northern Studies Program at UNBC. His research examines politics and governance in the Circumpolar North with a focus on Inuit self-government in the Canadian Arctic. He is also interested in issues related to development and governance in northern British Columbia and the Canadian provincial north. Gary currently serves as the Vice President of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). In 2014, he was the Co-Convener of the Eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences at UNBC.
Alona Yefimenko is a Technical Advisor of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat (IPS), a support organisation for the Arctic Indigenous Peoples' Organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council. It is based in Tromsø, Norway. She received her Marster's Degree in Philology from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Far Eastern State University. Alona came from the Even/Chukchi reinder herding family of Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.