Welcome to Arctic Connections

Welcome to the Arctic Connections – regional cooperation networks in the north of Europe – conference website. The conference takes place on 10 and 11 June 2014 at the famous Lighthouse venue in Glasgow, Scotland. The event is hosted by the European Policies Research Centre  (University of Strathclyde) on behalf of the Scottish Government and will bring together policy makers from the European, national and regional level, academics and practitioners of territorial cooperation in the Arctic region. As such it provides a broad platform for knowledge exchange, sharing of best practice and development of new ideas.

The Arctic is an area of growing strategic importance and the subject of intense political debate on issues such as climate change, resource management and accessibility. The region is subject to a rapidly changing and complex policy environment which aims to address the often contradictory goals of economic development opportunities and environmental challenges as well as managing the impact on local communities. Territorial cooperation can play an important role in developing economic opportunities in the region that are environmentally and culturally sustainable. In order to maximise the impact of cross border and transnational activities a collaborative approach across the Arctic region is required.

The goal of the conference is to explore more collaborative approaches in relation to regional cooperation in the Arctic. The conference will provide participants the opportunity to engage with, and inform discussions on, the latest thinking in relation to regional cooperation in the context of Arctic development opportunities and challenges. Key themes to be addressed include: