In this interview conducted by Joe Selmont, Dr. Diane Hirshberg highlights the important role played by UArctic when it comes to cooperation within the Arctic region. She emphasizes the necessity for Northern people to work together in order to produce knowledge specific to the area which can then become a bridge between local communities and researchers. 

According to her, the common Northern identity is primordial as there is a high number of similarities between Northern communities. Therefore, working on issues that are inherent to the Arctic such as preserving indigenous knowledge and culture or mental health, could benefit the entire area. 

Interdisciplinary collaboration appears as a powerful tool and through the Thematic Networks implemented by UArctics, innovative ways of thinking about the North can emerge.

Read more about Dr. Diane Hirshberg and her perspective on the Arctic here.