The Arctic Academy for Social and Environmental Leadership (ARCADE) aims to answer a call for innovative ways to meet the challenge of the fast-changing Arctic with a leadership program that focuses on creative solutions with an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to give the students the tools to influence policymakers and present their research to the media and the general public.
ARCADE, The Arctic Academy for Social and Environmental Leadership, is a unique 10-month, intensive multidisciplinary program for a competitively selected cohort of 12 pioneering graduate students.
Climate change is the biggest global challenge in the world today and has more immediate and severe consequences for the Arctic, than any other world region. ARCADE aims to answer a call for innovative ways to meet the challenge of the fast-changing Arctic with a leadership program that focuses on creative solutions with an interdisciplinary approach. It will give the students tools to influence policymakers and present their research to the media and the general public.
ARCADE will also create a much-needed network of future practitioners within the Arctic. The students will participate in three intensive programs in Norway, Greenland, and Iceland, providing the students with the unique opportunity to explore the dramatic effects of climate change in the region. They will work on individual and group projects under the leadership of academic experts.
The ARCADE programme responds to a growing need for new innovative cross-disciplinary learning and rigorous research to address the challenges of climate change in the Arctic Region by:
The timeline for the course of 2023 - 2024
November 5, 2023
Introduction of program and first online webinar
January 24 - 30, 2024
Week-long intensive program in Tromsø in Norway with a focus on Arctic Governance and Security
Start of Leadership Training
Online presentations and discussions with expert speakers from different scientific background on specific topics related to the challenges facing the Arctic region.
May 26- June 1, 2024
Second week-long intensive program in Reykjavík and the South of Iceland with a focus on mitigation and adaption of climate change in the Arctic.
August 18 - 24, 2024
Third week-long intensive program in Nuuk, Greenland with a focus on the effects of climate change on local communities and social sustainability in Greenland
Online workshop on pitch development and op-ed writing conducted by The Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School.
October 17 - 19, 2024
Participants present their projects at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland.
On completion of the course, students enrolled should be able to:
ARCADE is led by the Center for Arctic Studies in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute of the University of Iceland, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Ilisimatusarfik - University of Greenland. ARCADE partners with the Arctic Initiative at Harvard‘s Kennedy School of Government and the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle Assembly will serve as the primary platform to introduce and present the students‘ findings.