In fall of 2015 Maria Tysiachniouk, one of 25 scholars selected by the State Department to build institutional bridges for Arctic universities during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, is in residence at the Jackson School.
Maria’s research project will examine the consequences of interaction between extraction industries in the Arctic – particularly Russia, Alaska and Canada – and local indigenous communities. Maria is from the Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Building on the strong existing network of Arctic Studies scholars and policy experts in the Fulbright Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched an interdisciplinary collaborative research initiative focused on the Arctic region. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.