University of the Arctic PhD course comes to Memorial

May 5, 2015

Memorial University is hosting a University of the Arctic (UArctic) PhD course May 3-5 on the St. John’s campus.

The course is part of UArctic’s pan-Arctic PhD program in extractive industries, a multidisciplinary, multi-university, co-operative program offering courses that focus on issues such as climate change, the environment, resources, transportation and logistics and issues related to Indigenous Peoples.

The event brings together scholars and researchers from universities around the world with a special interest in research and development in the North. Sessions over the three-day course are focused on the theme of social responsibility and enterprise within the context of extractive industries. After the classroom-based course work is finished, some of the group will complete field work in Labrador West, looking at the long-term impacts of the mining industry.

Several students and faculty members at Memorial are participating in the international program, including Dr. Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, and Dr. Travor Brown and Dr. Gordon Cooke, Faculty of Business Administration. Experts from University of Tromsø in Norway, Aarhus University in Denmark, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Northern British Columbia and University of California-Berkeley will present sessions during the course. Students will also travel to Memorial from abroad to take part.

“Memorial is fortunate to be a partner in this unique interdisciplinary PhD program,” said Dr. Cooke. “This is a perfect opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation with like-minded colleagues from around the globe who we might not otherwise have the chance to meet or work with face-to-face.”

Since Memorial officially became involved with UArctic in 2006, numerous faculty members, staff, researchers and students have been involved in collaborations with the group and its member institutions. Various units, including the faculties of business administration and arts have participated in UArctic education, research and development activities on issues related to extractive industries, Indigenous Peoples, Arctic communities and more.

This past fall Memorial hosted UArctic’s annual board of governors meeting. The event brought together experts from all over the world who share a special interest in Arctic research and education. It was an ideal occasion for faculty, researchers and students to learn more about opportunities in the North, including UArctic programs and partnership opportunities.

The PhD program is funded by a generous grant from the Norwegian Centre for International Co-operation in Education and by participating universities. For more information about UArctic’s pan-Arctic PhD program in extractive industries, please contact Dr. Gordon Cooke at or 709-864-6204.