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Arctic Infrastructure as Social-Ecological-Technological Systems

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Learn how infrastructure in Eastern Siberia can be examined as a social-ecological-technological system to inform local decision making.

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This livestream presentation is part of the Arctic Winter College, a program run in partnership with the Migration in Harmony Reserach Coordation Network. To learn more and join the network, please visit www.migrationharmony.org.

Understanding infrastructure as social-ecological-technological system allows us to deal with the complex issues humanity faces today converging different sources of knowledge within environmental, social-cultural and technological-infrastructural domains. In this livestreamed talk, Dr. Vera Kuklina will use infrastructure in Eastern Siberia as an example to examine sustainability, resilience and adaptive capacities of such complex systems as SETS for informed decision making and local knowledge co-production.

A Research Professor at The George Washington University, Dr. Kuklina's research interests include urbanization of indigenous people, traditional land use, socio-ecological systems, cultural geographies of infrastructure and remoteness. Dr. Kuklina currently leads a project, entitled "Informal Roads: The Impact of Unofficial Transportation Routes on Remote Arctic Communities."

In this talk, she will explore how the environmental domain provides ecosystem services to the social-cultural domain, while humans apply anthropogenic impact on the environment. The technological-infrastructural domain affects the social-cultural domain by the use of technologies and infrastructure as well as impacting local mobilities, while social perception and values are embedded in the creation and maintenance of infrastructure and technologies. Bearing capacity of infrastructure is significantly determined by environmental conditions while transformations in technologies and infrastructure cause changes in ecological flows. W

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