About Us

The Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) is an interdisciplinary, globally-informed group rooted in Alaska’s Interior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Housed within the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), we recognize the historical dimensions of policy contexts, the power of collaboration across disciplines and domains, and the use of integrative approaches towards problem-solving based on evidence-based practices and a positive outlook toward the future of Alaska and the Arctic. Our affiliates have expertise not only across traditional academic disciplines, but also related to Indigenous affairs, military security organizations, and different levels of governance.


About Our Work

Policy-makers need reliable and timely information about the Arctic, a region of rapid environmental, economic, and societal change. The Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) facilitates sharing of the University of Alaska expertise in Arctic issues—ranging from natural resources to engineering to political science—with policy- and decision-makers. How do you prepare to respond to the circumstances? What information is needed to successfully navigate the uncertainty of a changing Arctic? Our center can provide you answers to these policy questions or connect you directly with people who have answers.  Our topical areas of interest include:

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  • Apr28

    CAPS Webinar: The Future of Arctic Seaways

      10:am AKDT

    April 28, 2020: CAPS host a 75-minute webinar on the topic of Arctic Ocean Transit with Dr. Brandon Boylan and Dustin Elsberry, co-authors of a recent paper on the topic.

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  • Apr20

    CAPS Webinar: China in the Arctic

     Weblink TBA
    2:00 pm AKDT

    April 20, 2020: CAPS hosts a 75-minute webinar on the topic of China in the Arctic with Dr. Qingchao Xu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Liz Bowman (UAF), co-authors of a recent paper on the topic.

  • Aug28

    Webinar: Concisely Communicating the Relevance of your Arctic Research

     Elevator Pitches and 2-pagers for Policy Makers
    4:00 PM UTC /8:00 AM AKST

    August 28, 2019: Are you interested in communicating your science to non-experts? Have you wondered how your research might be applied to policy? Join this webinar to learn two essential skills in communicating science with policy makers and other non-experts. Hosted by APECS, IARPC, and CAPS.
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