25 Events

A Kiruna heritage building being moved intact in August 2017.

Tomas Utsi/www.naturfoto.com

Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

What Does It Take to Move a City? Arctic Initiative and Luleå University Student Arctic Dialogue

Fri., Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am


The world's biggest underground iron ore mine is about to undermine the Swedish city of Kiruna. The answer? Move the city.

Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with students from Luleå University and experts from across the globe for a case discussion about sustainable development, consensus building, and how one Arctic city is responding to rapid change.

Apply to be part of this unique case discussion opportunity by Monday, September 28, 2020, so you can be matched with your international team.

Seminar - Open to the Public


Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


A Climate Week Event co-organized by the Woodwell Climate Research Center and the Arctic Initiative

This session focuses on a warming-driven phenomenon—the rapid thawing of Arctic permafrost—that is contributing simultaneously to the most vexing of Arctic warming’s impacts both in the region and around the world. This session will target experts and non-experts who are interested in understanding the science and policy issues at the heart of this widely underestimated facet of the global climate-change challenge.

Register here.

Snowmobiles in  Nordreisa, Norway

Unsplash/Vidar Nordli-Mathisen

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Arctic Knowledge Systems Study Group

Tue., Sep. 15, 2020 - Tue., Oct. 20, 2020


Study Group Leader: Joel Clement, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative

The Arctic Knowledge Systems Study Group will explore ways to collaboratively employ indigenous and scientific knowledge to improve resilience in the Arctic. It will consist of 6 sessions in which we will discuss inclusion of indigenous perspectives and how to improve for the future. All sessions will be held on Tuesdays beginning September 15 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (ET).

Space is limited! To apply to join the study group please email Brittany Janis your resume and 100 words on why you are interested in participating. 

Reine Rambert, MPP 2020, at last year's Arctic Innovator pitch presentations.

Benn Craig

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Innovator Pitches: 15 Ideas for a Fast-Changing Arctic

Mon., Apr. 27, 2020 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm


Students in this year's Arctic Innovators Course will present their 15 ideas for the fast-changing Arctic region. 

Join us and vote for your favorite idea!

Register via the RSVP link to get your unique login credentials. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Combating Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean

Thu., Apr. 23, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center's Polar Institute recently released a report entitled "Policy and Action on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean." This report describes the nature of challenges posed by Arctic marine plastic pollution and provides targeted recommendations to policymakers and researchers; it is based on a workshop the two organizations co-hosted with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Join the authors from both the Wilson Center and Arctic Initiative for a Ground Truth Briefing Teleconference, to learn more about the report and recommendations to policymakers for combating plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean. 

To join the call use the below virtual teleconference dial-in:
Toll Number: 1-312-470-7179
Toll-Free Number: 800-369-2054
Passcode: 6238346

Ice Camp Sargo, located in the Arctic Circle, serves as the main stage for Ice Exercise 2016.

US Navy / Tyler Thompson

Seminar - Open to the Public

POSTPONED: Arctic Security: Conflict Prevention in the High North

Wed., Mar. 11, 2020 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

POSTPONED As the North Sea Ice recedes, the Arctic is increasingly becoming a target for great power competition: China is Advancing its “polar Silk Road,” While Russia continues to pursue legal, military and commercial avenues to exploit the geostrategic advantages arctic waters could offer it in the future. Where for decades the arctic was described as “high north, low tension” these realities are forcing a shift in strategic thinking within NATO, particularly among member states adjacent to Arctic waters and party to multilateral governance structures in the North, like the Arctic Council, whose parameters don’t address security questions per se. Other, non-(direct-Arctic actors, including Singapore, Japan and the European Union, alongside key individual members states have also developed their own strategies on the Arctic. In a March 11 seminar with U.S Ambassadors Paula Dobriansky, David Balton and Chair of the Arctic Research Commission, Fran Ulmer, we will examine key countries’ economic and national security interests in region; the role of the rule of law in the Law of the Seas in preventing conflict alongside critical questions of governance to balance environmental, economic and security concerns in this expert seminar. This event is co-sponsored with the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative.

Fran Ulmer

Chris Miller/On Wisconsin Magazine

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Fran Ulmer on “Geopolitical Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic”

Mon., Mar. 9, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Fran Ulmer, HKS Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow, will be presenting on “Geopolitical Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic.”

Please note that this week's seminar will take place in the David Ellwood Democracy Lab, not Bell Hall.

As always, this event is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served. To view the full semester schedule for the Energy Policy Seminar Series, click here.

Elizabeth Arnold

Elizabeth Arnold

Seminar - Open to the Public

“Solutions Journalism: Expanding the Climate Change Narrative, from the Arctic to Australia”

Thu., Feb. 13, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

Rubenstein Building - Room 306

Elizabeth Arnold, Chair and Professor of Journalism, University of Alaska, and former NPR national correspondent, will address new ways to improve climate change coverage. The national media continue to sound the alarm about climate change, but the gloom and doom narrative may fail to engage the public in a meaningful way.  A former fellow at the Shorenstein Center, Arnold documented a pattern of reporting that conveys a catastrophic vision with little in the way of how individuals, communities and governments are responding. After a decade of reporting from some of the most remote areas of the Arctic, Arnold advocates a solutions-focused approach to more effectively communicating climate change around the world.

The seminar will be moderated by Cristine Russell, ENRP Senior Fellow & HKS Adjunct Lecturer. It is sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment & Natural Resources Program (ENRP), Arctic Initiative & SEE PIC: the HKS student interest group for Sustainability, Energy & Environment.

Please submit RSVPs via the link below.

Refreshments will be served.

Seminar - Open to the Public

What It Takes to Build Climate Resilience: A Conversation with David Festa

Wed., Nov. 6, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Join the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) for a conversation with David Festa, Senior Vice President of Ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), about what it takes to build climate resilience. David will look at the three major challenges to most climate adaptation projects: financing, building equity, and aligning diverse stakeholders and conflicting policy structures. He’ll share lessons learned from his years of work at EDF on water rights and coastal erosion in dialogue with Professor Henry Lee, ENRP Director.

Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to isabelfeinstein@hks.harvard.edu.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with Three Indigenous Women Leaders

Tue., Oct. 29, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Littauer Building - Room 332

Moderator: Joel Clement, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative

Speakers: Gunn-Britt Retter, Head, Arctic and Environmental Unit, Saami Council

Deenaalee Hodgdon, Student, Brown University; Indigenous Activist

Raina Thiele, Founder and President; Thiele Strategies

Join the Arctic Initiative for an engaging and illuminating conversation with three indigenous leaders: Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council; Deenaalee Hodgdon, Brown University student and indigenous activist, who is a Deg Hit'an Athabaskan and Supiaq woman from the villages of Anvik and South Naknek, Alaska; and Raina Thiele, Founder and President of Thiele Strategies who was born and raised in Alaska and is Dena'ina Athabascan and Yup'ikas.

Please RSVP to Brittany_Janis@hks.harvard.edu.