The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and UArctic’s joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year’s theme is “Arctic Development: In Theory & In Practice”. This theme aims to describe and define economic, political and social ‘development’ from an Arctic perspective, and critically assess the state of knowledge on the subject.

What do we mean by, and how do we define ‘sustainable development’? What are the popular and media perceptions of Arctic development? How do we reconcile the desire for both economic development and environmental protection? What is the role of governance, including Indigenous self-governance, in addressing Arctic development? Who has the right to define, measure and implement development policies in and for the Arctic region? What can be done at a regional or international level to promote local Arctic development? What strategies actually work to improve economic and social outcomes in remote and disperse Arctic communities?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • an assessment of the relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the Arctic;
  • development from the perspective of different Arctic regions and communities;
  • the legacy of colonialism in Arctic development strategies;
  • gross production of the Arctic region vs. public investments into regional development
  • local (e.g. Native/Economic Development Corporations) and global (e.g. shipping, oil) economic development case studies;
  • boom and bust cycles and northern resource economies;
  • the role of military infrastructure in Arctic development;
  • sustainable marine transportation and tourism
  • dependency and periphery;
  • statistical analyses of local and regional Arctic economic development;
  • the role of governance and governments in addressing Arctic development;
  • Arctic-appropriate indicators of development;
  • livelihoods and material-well-being in the Arctic;
  • best practices and comprehensive strategies for development including education, social supports and health care;
  • and the application of global development literature and studies to the Arctic.

Other topics of contemporary significance to northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security are also welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2018. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2018. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2018. Publication is planned for October 2018.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.


Lassi Heininen (Professor of Arctic Politics at the University of Lapland, Finland & Visiting professor at University of Akureyri, Iceland; Head of NRF/UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security)


Heather Exner-Pirot (Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

Joël Plouffe (PhD Candidate, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), Montréal, Québec, & Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute)


Lawson Brigham, Chair (Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, United States)

Gail Fondahl (Professor of Geography, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Former President of Iceland)

Hannu Halinen (former Arctic Ambassador, Finland; Special Advisor to the IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Exploratory and Special Projects)

Steven E. Miller (Director of the International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief of International Security, Harvard University, United States)

Alexander Pelyasov (Russian Academy of Sciences; Director of the Center of Northern and Arctic Economics; Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, Russia)