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The Study of Sharing Networks
to Assess the Resilience and Vulnerabilities
of Indigenous Coastal Communities in Arctic Alaska. 

Applications are invited for a post doctoral fellow to join an interdisciplinary research team using quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the resilience and vulnerabilities of three indigenous rural Alaskan communities to social-ecological change. The project focuses on (1) systems of sharing central to Alaska Native subsistence cash-economies, and (2) potential impacts of mineral development and climate change on subsistence. Research will be undertaken in close partnership with local communities.

We seek to hire a postdoctoral fellow who will work with communities and take leadership in implementing key aspects of the study. The project combines social network analysis, ethnographic methods, and group interviewing to document current conditions and possible futures in two Iņupiat coastal villages and one interior Gwich'in village. The use of social network analysis to study indigenous community resilience represents a novel approach in the assessment of possible impacts of global change. Researchers and leaders of participating communities will compare their vulnerabilities with other communities through the international meetings of the Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions ("CAVIAR") Project, an initiative of the International Polar Year.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a related field and be prepared to base from Fairbanks and travel to villages and international meetings.  For further information contact:

Gary Kofinas
Dept of Resources Management and Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, AK

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