6 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Live from COP27: Insights on the Global Energy Transition and the Arctic

Tue., Nov. 15, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Please join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with Halla Logadóttir, who is on site at COP27 representing Iceland as the Director-General of the country's National Energy Authority. Logadóttir will share her insights and impressions of the discussions during the first week of the conference, with a special focus on the energy transition and the Arctic. Arctic Initiative Associate Director Brittany Janis will moderate the virtual session.

Registration: This session is open to all members of the Harvard Kennedy School community. Attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Arctic Ocean and sea ice.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Dewey

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Ocean Conservation and Policy Innovation

Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 - Wed., Apr. 7, 2021


As climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, the ocean at its center becomes a point of focus: melting sea ice enables increased marine traffic; ice-dependent species are migrating or dying; fisheries shift and with them economies of subsistence. These changes can mean risk or opportunity for different stakeholders.

This study group will use Arctic Ocean change as a case study to outline the environmental policy process and build participants understanding of how to effectively engage in the climate and oceans policy space. 

To sign-up, please complete this form by Monday, March 8, 2021: https://forms.gle/KYn6nwxr4zq8vnQ98

Indigenous Youth Leaders

Photo Credit: Anders Oskal (ICR)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Presenting The James J. McCarthy Arctic Indigenous Youth Leaders

Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm


Over the past five days over thirty Indigenous Youth from around the circumpolar Arctic have worked together, learned together, and innovated together to come up with solutions to challenges facing their communities. Join us to see the final presentations of a few of these young leaders.

Join for a brief history of the founding of this collaboration, which began through the work of the late Harvard Professor, James J. McCarthy. Followed by Arctic Innovation presentations by selected Indigenous Youth participants, who will showcase their solutions for their communities. 

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. 

Seminar - Harvard Students

Belfer Policy Chats | Arctic Change: How do we know what we know, and what do we DO about it?

Mon., June 8, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Belfer Policy Chats (BPC)  is an event series that features our fellows to chat about issues at the forefront of global policy. The aim is to provide a forum to engage on an informal level on policy topics at the Center around topics such as climate, national security, science and technology, cyber security, innovation, and competitiveness.  Join us for this virtual event.

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