Economics and Development in Microstates, Islands, and the Arctic

Economics and Development in Microstates, Islands, and the Arctic

30 November-3 December 2018, Nuuk, Greenland

This interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, international conference considers the economic and developmental advantages and disadvantages faced by microstates, island territories, and arctic regions, exploring theory, empirically grounded best practice, and political-economic strategy. The conference welcomes contributions from government representatives, NGOs, business actors, and academic researchers (from economics, human geography, anthropology, developmentstudies, business studies, and other disciplines).

How to make attend and make a presentation.

Presentations are welcome on all aspects of economics and development in microstates, islands, and arctic regions. Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes’ question time.

The deadline for abstracts was 28 February 2018. (Later abstracts may be accepted if there is room available at the conference, but people who submit an abstract prior to the deadline will have the first opportunity to reserve a spot and to take advantage of the early registration rate.) You can submit your abstract here. The deadline for early registration is 31 March 2018.

This conference is a collaboration of:

Island Dynamics and Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland’s Department of Economics and Business

Any questions can be forwarded to Adam Grydehøj (


Participants will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers to a special thematic section of Island Studies Journal ( on the topic of ‘Island Economics and Development’, to be published in May 2019. Island Studies Journal is an open access journal published by the University of Prince Edward Island’s Institute of Island Studies. The deadline for paper submission is 31 May 2018. All submissions will be subject to peer review. Please direct all publication enquiries to both Adam Grydehøj ( and special thematic section editor Javier L. Arnaut (

People, Place and Public Engagement

This fall, Memorial University’s Office of Public Engagement will host People, Place and Public Engagement, a conference taking place October 25-27 2018 at our stunning new location on historic Signal Hill in St. John`s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

People, Place and Public Engagement will explore how universities and the public, including communities, governments, industry, not-for-profits, and others, collaborate.

Call for proposals is now open.

We’re looking for conference presentation proposals that relate to all sorts of university-community public engagement, including research and teaching & learning, the scholarship of public engagement, university-community collaborations of all kinds, community-based research and all other types of work that relate to the broad topic of university-community public engagement.

The themes of the conference include:

  • People and Place
  • The Publicly Engaged University
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Technology and Infrastructure Platforms for Public Engagement
  • Data and Analysis
  • Dialogue and Communications

See the complete call for proposals for more details about the themes.

People, Place, and Public Engagement is open to both academic and community participants and we invite you to consider interesting, engaging, and accessible approaches to presenting your ideas.

Submit your online proposal here.

Proposals will be accepted until May 11, 2018.

For questions about the Call for Proposals, please contact the Office of Public Engagement at


Will Migrant Workers Rescue Rural Regions?

Marit Aure, Anniken Førde and Tone Magnussen recently published:  Will migrant workers rescue rural regions? Challenges of creating stability through mobility in the Journal of Rural Studies


Many rural communities experience new growth through in-migration. In Herøy, Northern Norway, this is a result of increased labour migration in the fishing industry and a comprehensive effort by the municipality to encourage migrant workers to settle there. This paper addresses the ambiguities of creating stability through mobility. Through a case study from Herøy, we explore the complex relations between migrants’ mobile economic practices and social integration processes by analysing how migrants engage with Herøy’s landscape in multiple manners. This landscape entails networks of people and relations, materialities, dreams and hopes. Studying engagement, in addition to contestations and intersecting trajectories, we analyse how the landscape of those on the move is interrelated with that of those “being moved through”. We argue that creating stability in rural communities by encouraging migrant settlement requires going beyond economic integration – emphasising the more versatile and vulnerable processes of relating to unfamiliar places and worlds. It also requires an understanding of stability that embraces uncertainty and opens up towards various forms of belonging.

Free access for 50 days! or use this link

UArctic Congress 2018 – September 3-7, 2018

The University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki are excited to invite you to the second UArctic Congress, September 3-7, 2018.

Call for Abstracts – deadline extended until March 26, 2018 (16:00 CET)

The registration for the Congress is also now open.

UArctic Congress 2018 begins in Oulu, September 3-6 and concludes in Helsinki on September 7. It brings together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one single gathering. The event is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, highlighting the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supporting gender equality, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

With the aim to foster contacts and enhance networking, the UArctic Congress brings together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the Circumpolar North and beyond. Together with partners, policy makers, and other actors, the Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region.

The UArctic Congress 2018 will feature Science and Meeting sections, including:

Sessions aligned with the four priorities of Finland’s chairmanship; i.e. environmental protection, connectivity, meteorological cooperation, and education.
* Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their views and latest research.
* UArctic meetings for representatives of the Council, Thematic Networks, and rectors.
* Side meetings and events.
* An exciting cultural and social program.

Mark your calendar and keep yourself informed via the UArctic Congress 2018 website and social media.

The Population Project

Newfoundland and Labrador has the most rapidly aging population in Canada – combined with youth out-migration, declining birth rates, and an increasing number of people moving from rural parts of the Newfoundland and Labrador to more urban centres, the province is facing an unprecedented population challenge. Without intervention, this trend will have a drastic impact on the economy, governance, and overall quality of life for the people living in the province. Planning for this change and developing strategies to adjust and adapt to the change is paramount.

The Harris Centre’s Population Project is using expertise from both inside and outside the university to explore the implications of the demographic changes projected for the next 20 years. The research reports generated and public discussion of them are intended to help inform and contribute to government policy as well as to strategies that private and non-profit sectors will need to develop to respond to the broad range of issues related to health, governance, transportation, housing, etc., resulting from the population shift.

The Labrador portion of the Population Project has been generously supported by the International Grenfell Association.


From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience

From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience celebrates and critiques the dynamics of innovation, governance, and culture in place. Case studies from both sides of the North Atlantic illustrate episodes of “turning around”; evolution, transformation, and visionary strategy that breathe new life into the term “think global, act local.”

The chapters explore how various dark horses including minorities, small towns, peripheries, Aboriginal communities, those with little money, status, voice, or political leverage can rise to the occasion and chart livable futures.

From Black Horses to White Steeds is a companion book to Remote Control (ISER 2009) and Place Peripheral (ISER 2015).

“Rural folks have always been both resilient and resourceful. The narratives in this book are truly inspiring in ways to deal with the current and future pace as new technology and environmental change presents challenges and opportunities. Local communities everywhere will benefit from the insights contained herein.”
 Hon. Diane Griffin, Senate of Canada


“Like so many collections of case studies, this book provides plenty of inspiring examples. Unlike many, however, it includes useful international comparisons with thoughtful interpretations, methodological transparency, and respect for the limits of the techniques that make the cases useful for critical analysis as well as activism.”
– Bill Reimer, Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University


“That remote rural and island communities should thrive in this day and age might fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Yet, there is clear evidence of vibrant communities that creatively exploit the opportunities presented by their geographical predicament. No horsing around here: these are narratives of leadership, vitality, and resilience; crafted out of grit, imagination, and public / private / voluntary-sector partnerships.”
– Godfrey Baldacchino, UNESCO co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, UPEI, Canada

6×9, 378 pages with photos, charts, tables
Endnotes, Bibliography, and Index
ISBN 978-1-988692-07-4
Also available as a PDF