Northern Communities in a Changing World

“Northern Communities in a Changing World” is a SSHRC funded project to develop a foundation for future research that will enable Northern Communities to better understand the challenges they face in the context of the tectonic shifts currently taking place in the global economy.

The objective is to define the existing resources available for advanced research, establish links within the communities under consideration, develop a baseline database of statistical information from which to work, and outline the most viable options for meaningful research. This project is about the economic, historic and social aspects of the comparative advantage of Northern communities and about defining the prospects for future research.

Although preliminary in its focus, the academic results of the grant will be discussion papers and an edited collection of articles drawn from a conference/workshop on “Northern Communities in a Changing World.” On another level, the grant will also permit the investigators to refine their research while at the same time building a platform upon which to construct a larger and more focussed study of social and economic development in the North. This project establishes a new framework and promises to open new avenues of research on the North.

Research Team (Canada): Ronald Harpelle, Michel S. Beaulieu, and Chris Southcott

Research Team (International): Hanna Snellman, Professor of Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Diego Piniero Piñero, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universdiad de la Républica (Uruguay)

Partners and Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Centre for Northern Studies; Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture; Far Northeastern Training and Adjustment Board; North Superior Training Board; Northwest Training and Adjustment Board; and l’Association des Francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario