Addressing human security in the Arctic in the context of climate change through science and technology

Original Article


Human security, particularly in the Arctic, is being stressed by climate change and other factors. Science and technology provide one instrument for the development of strategies that will protect those living in the Arctic from threats to environmental, social and economic conditions, namely human security, incurred by climate change. This paper explores a public good approach to Canada’s Science and Technology (S&T) strategy. Investigated in particular is the role of science and technology in addressing Arctic human security needs, using evolving Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) quality-of-life indicators to measure the ability of Canada’s S&T strategy to meet these needs.


Human security Climate change Science and technology policy Quality-of-life indicators 



The research was funded through the authors’ involvement with ArcticNet, Project 4.7: Science to Policy Makers and People (website: ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Verlaine Lukovich
    • 1
  • Gordon A. McBean
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), Faculty of Environment, Earth, and ResourcesUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Departments of Geography and Political ScienceThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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