Review the Draft "Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic" until September 4, 2018

July 12, 2018
By Jessica Rohde

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is seeking comment from the public on newly revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic by September 4, 2018.

IARPC is interested in all comments on the Principles document, including the core principles and sub-bullets describing the approaches that researchers are encouraged to adopt across all stages of research. The core Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic are:

  • Be Accountable
  • Establish Effective Two-way Communication
  • Respect Local Culture and Knowledge
  • Build and Sustain Relationships
  • Pursue Responsible Environmental Stewardship

In 1990 IARPC developed the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic (1990)to provide guidance for researchers in the physical, biological, behavioral, health, economic, political, and social sciences and in the humanities. The Social Science Task Force of the IARPC prepared the current Principles, with approval by the IARPC on June 28, 1990, and published by IARPC in volume 9, (Spring, 1995, pp.56-57) of the journal “Arctic Research of the United States” ( The 1990 version has now been updated and renamed Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic, hereafter the Principles, to reflect current research disciplines and approaches in the Arctic.

The IARPC Principles Revision Working Group revised the existing Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic, adopted on June 28, 1990, and published by IARPC in volume 9, (Spring, 1995, pp.56-57) of the journal “Arctic Research of the United States” ( The Principles Revision Working Group prepared the draft revised Principles after a year-long process that included a comprehensive literature review and seeking and receiving diverse input from Alaska Natives, Federal and State and local agency representatives, and researchers by a variety of methods, including listening sessions at scientific conferences, through a Federal Register Notice, and targeted interviews with Alaska residents and researchers. The audience for the Principles includes academic, federal, state, local, and tribal researchers and all other entities conducting research in the Arctic. The Principles will be revised with input and finalized by approval of the IARPCagencies in fall 2018. The revised Principles are intended to be a deliverable at the Arctic Science Ministerial 2 and to contribute to the discussion in that forum on the ethical conduct of research in the Arctic.

Please submit comments before September 4, 2018, in one of the following ways:

Your input is sincerely appreciated. 

Renee and Roberto
Chairpersons, Principles Revision Working Group

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Renee Crain, NSF

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