Aim and research questions

The aim of this dissertation is to examine how the interplay between policy and knowledge production affects the framing of Arctic climate change. The emphasis is on analyzing how structures of international cooperation can shape knowledge production. It will also discuss how knowledge production influences policy. The empirical basis is the history, process, and content of Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) with an analytical focus on the following questions:

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• How is climate change framed in the ACIA? Whose knowledge traditions come to the fore? What knowledge is highlighted?

• How do different framings of Arctic climate change relate to structures of international cooperation?

The structures most in focus are international regimes, but also with attention to how these issue-specific cooperative efforts relate to large-scale changes in the structure of international society. The analysis also pays attention to the role of individual actors and networks of actors and how they relate to regimes. The study is used as a basis for discussing what the ACIA history and process might tell about the potential for future climate knowledge production and policy in regional arenas. The following section provides a short introduction to the topic of Arctic climate change.

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