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​​​​What: From Research to Practice and Back: fostering collaboration to address smart and sustainable cities and communities

When: 10:30-14:00 14th of October

Register by: October 12 02:00 PM AKDT (23:59 CET)

Organizer: High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) and University of Alaska (Anchorage, US)

Place: Reykjavík, Room O-202, Building Oddi, Main campus, University of Iceland)


The High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University (Norway) is organizing a seminar during the Arctic Circle Assembly 2022 that will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 13-16 October. 

This seminar will take place on 14th October as  a half-day session with inputs from both academics and practitioners working with smart city issues and urban sustainability in different contexts.  The seminar will provide a space for creating opportunities for new partnerships, exchanging ideas, discussing challenges, and searching solutions for smart sustainable cities and communities.  

Preliminary program

10:30 - 10:50 Opening

Moderated by Frode Mellemvik (Director of the High North Center)

  • ​Welcome words (Professor Stefán Hrafn Jónsson, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland)
  • Introduction: fostering smart and sustainable cities and communities in the High North (Associate Professor Evgenii Aleksandrov & Associate Professor Nadezda Nazarova, Nord University Business School, Norway) 

10:50 – 11:40 Academic Perspective

  • ​Smart Communities in Rural Alaska: Connectivity for Development and Sustainability (Professor Heather Hudson, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA)
  • Voices from Northern Canada: Integrating stakeholder expectations in telecommunications policy for rural, remote and Northern regions (Associate Professor Rob McMahon, University of Alberta, Canada) 
  • Smart Urban Development in Northern Norway (Associate Professor Elena Dybtsyna, High North Center, Norway) 
  • Sustainable Urban Development in the European Arctic (Senior Fellow Arne Riedel, Ecologic Institute  & Researcher Jacqueline Goetze, German Institute of Development and Sustainability) ​

11:40 - 11:50 Break

​11:50 - 12:30 Pra​​ctice Perspective

  • Reflections on a SMART urban ecosystem in a small island state (Magnus Yngvi Josefsson, Research associate, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Centre for Policy Modelling,  former Research Programme Manager, City of Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • How to use technology & innovation for smart and sustainable development in Bodø and beyond (Tor Gausemel Kristensen, Project Manager “Cityloops”, Bodo Municipality, Norway)
  • Smarter Transport Bodø – Creating smart and attractive mobility in the Arctic region (Rune Eiterjord, Project Leader Smart Transport Bodø, Nordland County Administration, Norway) ​

12:30 - 13:00 Pathways for smart cities and communities: reflections on research and practice opportunities ​​​

  • ​Reflections on research and practice opportunities (Professor Anatoli Bourmistrov, Nord University Business School, Norway)
  • Q&A: Uncomfortable questions about smart and sustainable cities  ​

13:00 Closing​​

​​​Closing remarks by Hanne Elenora Solheim Hansen (Rector, Nord University, Norway)

We would like to welcome you to this event and encourage you to learn about smart cities and communities and to consider joining the network. 

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