EPRC, the Centre for Sustainable Development (C4SD) of the University of Strathclyde and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in Finland have been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Government Arctic Connections Fund.
At the lead of EPRC, the partners will be working together to explore the role of territorial cooperation in supporting the delivery of Just Transition in remote and sparsely-populated areas of the Arctic and near Arctic. Territorial cooperation has a unique role to play in supporting Just Transition efforts. Past work examining Just Transition has focussed in particular on interventions and actions at the ‘top-down’ (international, national) and ‘bottom-up’ (community level). However, interactions across and between territories, which this project will aim to explore, can also be critical, e.g. as a means to build critical mass and to maximise impact and influence.
The project will deliver a brief research paper and culminate in a workshop to exchange experiences and best practices (March 2022). The project will also be important in terms of informing future territorial cooperation partnerships.