News from the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

iiaThe Centre for Arctic Policy Studies receives funding for a New Arctic project

The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) recently awarded grants to new Nordic collaborative research projects. Among them is a new network on the sociocultural aspects of climate change in the North Atlantic Gateway to the Arctic (Northgate). The network will enhance understanding of the new challenges of climate, ecosystems and human mobility in the Arctic and strengthen local communities’ resilience in the face of these challenges. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies will host the project for the next two years and it is supervised by Kristinn Schram, Assistant Professor in Folklore and Museum Studies at the University of Iceland.

Participation in a new Jean Monnet Network project

The Centre for Small State Studies is one of the partners in a new research project, recently awarded a Jean Monnet Networks grant, led by the University of Malta and Maastricht University. The aim of the project is to explore challenges and opportunities for small states at the interface of national and European health policy making, considering a number of concrete health policy issues. The academic work on behalf of the CSSS is led by Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdottir, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland.

Quality award presented to the Small States Summer School

The Centre for Small State Studies received a quality award from the Erasmus+ National Agency in recognition of the Small States Summer School held at the University of Iceland in 2014. The Summer School is now in its fourteenth year and the reputation keeps growing. The interest has never been higher and the output is apparent in the increasing number of young scholars becoming interested in the study of small states.