Prepared by an international and interdisciplinary team, with support from the IASC Social and Human Working Group, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the Arctic-FROST research coordination network, this paper aims to evaluate the state of sustainability research in the Arctic.
The team reviewed science plans from ICARP-II (2005) and progress toward addressing sustainability and sustainable development research since then. ICARP II Science Plans focusing on economic development, indigenous considerations, social-ecological change, and research processes and communication were considered. Future research priorities for research on arctic sustainability and sustainable development, both in areas of interest identified by the ICARP-II Science Plans and in areas that have emerged as important since 2005 were indentified. The paper considers theory, methodology, synthesis, indicators, governance, and ecological dimensions of arctic sustainability science.