ISER Lunchtime Talk: 'Navigating at a double crossroads: The role of subsistence in the wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan youth'

2014-04-21 by

Jennifer Shaw, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, where she conducts research on youth suicide prevention, healthcare decision-making and the development of culturally grounded health services. Her research interests are in medical anthropology, social determinants of health and cross-cultural childhood and adolescence.

She will talk about the role of subsistence in the well-being of Dena’ina Athabascan youths growing up in Southwestern Alaska. How do subsistence and other cultural activities fit into the lives and aspirations of contemporary Dena’ina youths living in rural Alaska? What factors impede or facilitate their ability to achieve these aspirations in the transition to adulthood? Shaw conducted an ethnographic case study with 19 youths in one Dena’ina village. The results showed that, despite concerns about Alaska Native youths’ commitment to culture, this group deeply identifies with their tradition and aspires to continue these activities into adulthood, despite significant obstacles in their paths.

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ISER Lunchtime Talk TUNDRA Project with Jennifer Schmidt

2014-02-04 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded January 31, 2014.

The TUNDRA project is an international study, with researchers from Norway, Russia, Canada and Alaska examining the influence of society and governance on subsistence and land use among the people who live on the tundra in the circumpolar north. Jennifer Schmidt, a researcher at the University of Tromsø, Norway, is part of the project team and she’ll talk about this project at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). She’ll also describe other socio-ecological projects underway in Norway and Europe, as well as opportunities for researchers from different disciplines to collaborate on such research. To learn more about the TUNDRA project, visit

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ISER hosts U.S.-African relations expert Todd Moss and discussion on creation of Alaska's Permanent Dividend Fund

2013-06-18 by

The event was titled “How the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Could Work In Iraq And Other Countries: A Conversation with Todd Moss,” editor of “The Governor’s Solution.”

Moss is introduced by ISER economist Scott Goldsmith.
Todd Moss remarks begin at about 20:38
The group discussion, including commentary from such long-time Alaskans and political leaders as Vic Fischer, Jane Anvik, Fran Ulmer and Jack Roderick, begins at about 39:00

Reliance on natural resource revenues, particularly oil, is often associated with bad governance, corruption and poverty. Worried about the effect of oil on Alaska, Governor Jay Hammond had a simple yet revolutionary idea: Let citizens have a direct stake.

“The Governor’s Solution” features his firsthand account that describes, with brutal honesty and piercing humor, the birth of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which has been paid to each resident every year since 1982. Thirty years later, Hammond’s vision is still influencing oil policies throughout the world.

This reader, part of the Center for Global Development’s Oil-to-Cash initiative, includes recent scholarly work examining Alaska’s experience and how other oil-rich societies, particularly Iraq, might apply some of the lessons.

It serves as a powerful reminder that the combination of new ideas and determined individuals can make a tremendous difference, even in issues as seemingly complex and intractable as fighting the oil curse.

This event was podcast on June 3, 2013.

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Center for Global Development
""Oil-to-Cash Won't Work Here"
Article by Todd Moss, debunking 10 common arguments against sharing natural resource revenues via direct payments to citizens.
Todd Moss
Bio page
Institute of Social and Economic Research

Panel Discussion: The Taxes of our Future

2013-03-26 by

The Political Science Association and the UAA College Republicans hosted an academic and business panel discussing oil and gas taxes pertaining to the state and nation.

Panelists included Andrew Halcro, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipeline; Scott Goldsmith, economist and research analyst for energy and natural resources at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research; and Forrest Nabors, professor of political science and former business owner.

A Q and A followed the panel discussion. The panel was introduced by Portia Watson, leader of both the College Republicans and the Political Science Association.

This event was recorded in UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307 on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

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UAA College Republicans
Contact site
UAA Political Science Association
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Forrest Nabors
Political science bio page

ISER Lunchtime Talk: Fisheries economist Frank Asche of Norway suggests farmed fish will dominate the market by 2030

2012-10-28 by

For a long time, wild fisheries have been the world’s last significant hunting industry. But an increasing number of seafood species are now being farmed for commercial production. World seafood markets are in rapid transition, as knowledge from agriculture is used to enhance the competitiveness of aquaculture products throughout the supply chain. These changes, led by farmed salmon, are likely to influence all parts of the seafood market, creating opportunities and challenges for coastal communities—as well as the world’s fishing industries.

Frank Asche, a fisheries economist from Norway, suggests that farmed fish will dominate the global seafood market within the next few decades. His talk is called “Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture, with Wild Fish as niche Market Products?”

This talk was sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and recorded Oct. 26, 2012.

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
Economists Still Uncertain How Farmed Fish Will Affect Wild Salmon Prices
Alaska Native News, Aug. 3, 2012
Salmon Season Yields to 'Season of Negotiations' on price
Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 8, 2012
"Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture, with Wild Fish as Niche Market Products?"
Asche's 53-page PowerPoint that accompanied his talk

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