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.

White Paper on Arctic Sustainability Research