• Follow us on Twitter Check out latest tweets from @polar_research
  • Research Highlights Featured Check out APECS' new resource to share a "soundbyte" of your own research! Click to add your own or read others.
  • What's Your Research Explore polar research through APECS' members! Discover research highlights, virtual posters, and new disciplines here.
  • Education and Outreach APECS works with teachers, communities, and the media to share polar research. Get involved in APECS E&O here!
  • Train Yourself Click through to find Job postings, APECS career development webinars, the APECS mentor database, and more.
  • APECS Newsletter Click here to catch up on all things APECS! Highlights, partner news, jobs, member contributions, and more - every month!


IPY-OSC Francisco Fernandoy-46
APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


Follow APECS


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.

Contact the author

Download the poster


Featured Member

KimJochumUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) & Anchorage (UAA)

APECS Virtual Poster Session Chair
APECS Research Activities Committee Member

I am a Wildlife Biologist with major interests in wildlife management and global environmental issues, where it becomes important to include human perceptions and thinking into management strategies. I started my PhD in Alaska in 2009 with the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF and the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, combining social science and natural science approaches to discuss changes impacting wildlife in Northern urban areas. Already my Master thesis was carried out as collaborative project between the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Institute for Wildlife Research at the University for Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. In Hannover, I lived, studied and worked happily between 2004 and 2009. I love travelling and field work, especially in remote areas. It is great to work with local people and experience different cultures and thinking. Next to wildlife domestic to Germany, I worked with Howling Monkeys in Nicaragua, bat species in Costa Rica, Humpback Whales at the Pacific Coast of Canada, Polar Bears in Canada as well as Brown Bears in Alaska and the Russian Far East. Spending time with friends and getting exercise is crucial for me to enjoy life.

My sympathy to Polar sciences and APECS I discovered through the polar bear research I got involved with in 2006. Currently, I am a chair of the Virtual Poster Session Working Group (VPS WG), and a member of the Research Activities Committee (RAC) of APECS. For me, most inspiring to put effort towards APECS activities are the energy and confidence within this group of Early Career Scientists to make a difference.

Search APECS


Sign in with Facebook

APECS Quick Links

  • 1

APECS Partners and Sponsors