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


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.

2017 NAF Conference – Bo, Telemark, Norway – September 13-16, 2017

Bringing together private, public and civic sectors as well as researchers, developers, educators and students from the academic community this conference will focus on the theme of Traditions and transformations in sustainability of rural communities: Balancing Living Culture and Nature.  The theme of the conference is to promote sustainability in rural communities that are struggling under the forces of globalization. Sessions will explore the interplay between society, culture, economy and ecology and will address the complexity of multi-level, multi-interest, multifaceted choices and challenges involved in how traditions and transformations affect sustainability.

More information can be found here.