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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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I study microbial ecology, limnology and biogeochemistry in icy, cold environments. I have spent three field seasons in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica sampling permanently ice-covered lakes, and will soon visit the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to study subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters beneath the ice. I am fascinated with microbial processes and the ecology of terrestrial aquatic and marine systems. I am constantly looking for new ways to form collaborations and to improve networking opportunities for graduate students and other aspiring scientists. I am currently co-chair of the graduate student group, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at my home institution of Montana State University, and am working on an array of projects that aim to sustain a supportive community for female graduate students. In my spare time, I love to take in the beauty of Montana by hiking and learning to cross-country ski, read, and work on fixing up my tiny house.

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