ARCTICenter and Department of Geography University of Northern Iowa, USA
Andrey N Petrov is a social scientist with a 'circumpolar' career; he was born, raised and educated in Russia, recieved PhD in Canada (Toronto) and works as Professor of Geography and Director of the Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdiciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. He has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Past Chair and U.S. Representative on the IASC Social & Human Sciences Working Group (2014-2022) and Chair of the Polar Geography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers (2015-2017). He currently sits on the Internatinal Arctic Scicnes Committee Council and the U.S. Polar Research Board.
His research primarily focuses on economic issues in northern communities and policies of regional development in the Arctic. he also studies human-environment relationships and Arctic socio-ecological systems. Dr. Petrov leads a number of circumpolar research initiatives, most importantly the NSF research coordination networks in Arctic sustainability (Arctic-FROST and Artic-COAST). He has also been participant of the Arctic Social Indicators, Arctic Human Development Report, ReSDA and other major international projects.
Dr. Petrov was first elected to the IASSA Council in 2011 and since have directed his efforts to supporting representative and transparent gevernance process in this thriving organization as President (2017-2021) and Past President (2021-2024 term).