Time (in EDT)Event
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMWorkshop
5:30 PM - 6:00 PMNetworking Reception

As the world reels from the increasingly dramatic impacts of climate change, how can we create the enabling conditions that breed resilience and reduce risk? Nowhere is this question more pressing than in the Arctic. The Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center is working on a project with Indigenous communities, experts, and officials from across the circumpolar region to advance Arctic resilience with three core objectives: 

  • Develop and test solution-oriented, community-led activities and tools that support the resilience of Arctic communities and societies; 
  • Advance pan-Arctic resilience monitoring, assessment, and adaptation capacity; and 
  • Establish a forward-looking strategy that continues to develop, and create spaces for, a community of experts and knowledge holders engaged in understanding the unique conditions and needs of Arctic resilience. 

Join us to explore and discuss innovative ideas about how we understand and operationalize the concept of resilience, how to support community-driven research, and the mechanisms that support connections between community action and circumpolar policy-making. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the development of community-led resilience indicators and tools. We welcome your questions, feedback and ideas as we chart a course for this important project. This event will be followed by a brief networking reception for all students with an interest in the Arctic. 

Justin Barnes is a PhD candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a graduate of the Masters of Sustainability Studies program at Trent University’s School of the Environment. He currently serves as Graduate Fellow at the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network, as Fellow at Polar Research Initiative, and as Assistant Editor at the Arctic Yearbook. He was a national team athlete on the Canadian Sailing Team from 2013 - 2020 and represented Canada at the 2019 Pan Am Games with his teammate, winning a bronze medal and qualifying Canada for the 2020 Olympic Games.