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Andrey N. Petrov

University of Northern Iowa

Originally presented at:
IPY International Early Career Researcher Symposium, 4-8 December 2009, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The vast majority of studies in economic geography of talent and creativity have focused on large metropolitan areas and core regions. However, I argue that the creative capital is an equally necessary factor (an agent of economic transformation and revitalization) in the northern frontier. This theoretical account serves as the basis for the empirical study into the economic geography of talent and creative capital in the Canadian North. The paper advances the two-ring-four-sector approach to define the creative class structure. It extends the creative capital metrics to measure four ‘sectors’ of the creative class: scientists (“talent”), leaders, entrepreneurs and bohemia. The empirical part of the paper applies the extended creative class metrics at two different scales. The findings for 288 Canadian regions suggest that the geographic distribution of the creative capital is uneven and heavily clustered in major urban centers. However, some frontier regions appear to perform exceptionally well in all rankings. The in-depth analysis of 34 communities in the Canadian North identifies creative clusters in economically, geographically and politically privileged communities that serve as creative ‘hot spots.’ Thus, contrary to the metropolitan bias, these results indicate that northern communities are not ‘hopeless places’ fully deprived of the creative capital. Creative ‘hot spots’ in the Canadian North exist, and could become the centers of regional reinvention, if appropriate policies are introduced in support.

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inga_mayExecutive Director, International Permafrost Association

As I was born with snow-and ice sickness, I was always interested in polar regions and during my studies in physical geography at the university of Munich my research got more and more focused on arctic sciences.

Since 2008 I have been working on my PhD thesis which is embedded in the Canadian ArcticNet program and deals with the possibility to detect permafrsot changes by means of satellite images. My test site is located in Northern Quebec, Nunvik around the small Inuit village of Umiujaq and twice a year I spend some time in this area in order to do some field work. I will finish my PhD in November 2011.

For the first time I participated in an APECS event in 2009 during a workshop in Victoria. Since then, I am an active member and have already been involved in the organization of workshops, working groups and other activities. In 2010/2011 I also became a Council member and the Co-Chair of the APECS’s RAC.

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