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Uncertainty and local knowledge play important role in environmental impact assessment

Before building a center in Denmark for testing large wind turbines, an environmental impact assessment cautioned that noise from the turbines and the plan to cut down an old forest would need to be addressed. What the assessment didn’t adequately predict was that a light constantly flashing on top of the testing masts would be the greatest nuisance to residents of the remote community.

November 15th, 2018|

ISER’s Mouhcine Guettabi provides economic forecast and analysis based on recent research

“The end of the recession is potentially approaching,” Mouhcine Guettabi said on a recent Talk of Alaska on Alaska Public Radio. Guettabi and Neal Fried, senior economist with the State of Alaska’s Department of Labor, agreed that the recession may be ending in the next few months, with the forecast for 2019 being positive, but with little job growth.

November 9th, 2018|

Lunchtime Talk: Uncertainty in impact assessment — research perspectives from Denmark and Greenland

When: Tuesday, November 13, 12-1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301

Uncertainty is an unavoidable and challenging part of assessing impacts of future development activities. It is also vital to providing transparency in the decision-making process. Dr. Sanne Vammen Larsen, a visiting Fulbright scholar at ISER, will introduce the topic and draw on research results from Denmark and Greenland to shed light on the role of uncertainty in impact assessment, its implementation in practice and the implications for various stakeholders.

Dr. Larsen, a member of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, is an Associate Professor at the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment at Aalborg University in Denmark. Her research is focused on environmental assessment and planning mainly in Denmark and Greenland. She is spending six weeks with ISER conducting research for an Alaska case study on how uncertainty is dealt with, including the integration of local, indigenous knowledge. Part of her her Fulbright Arctic Initiative cohort is looking at the integration of local knowledge in decision-making surrounding sustainable economies.

Note: This talk will not be live streamed or recorded.

November 6th, 2018|

Education research shared at Alaska Career and Technical Education Professional Development conference

ISER’s Dayna DeFeo, director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR), and Research Associates Jessica Passini and Trang Tran provided current research to educators, administrators and policymakers on student transitions from high school to post-secondary education, including college and technical schools.

November 1st, 2018|

Guettabi speaks at Alaska State Chamber’s Fall Forum

ISER’s Mouhcine Guettabi  told attendees at  the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Forum in Fairbanks, “The future of Alaska economic development will rest on the success of the traditional basic sectors and the pursuit of new opportunities. Most importantly, it will depend on whether the state can address its leaky bucket by ensuring that more of the value generated in Alaska stays in state.” This, Guettabi said, will require “ensuring there is a qualified workforce that can take advantage of employment opportunities.” […]

October 25th, 2018|
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