Bridging the Gap Between Project Assessments and Regional Development Dynamics in the Canadian Arctic
Principal Investigator: Dowlatabadi, Hadi (1)
Licence Number: 13559
Organization: University of British Columbia
Licensed Year(s): 2004
Issued: Mar 02, 2004
Project Team: Michelle B

Objective(s): Major projects in northern Canada are often initiated with the hope to attract follow-on development. For example, roads to mineral properties in remote areas open access and can thus attract mines, support services and communities. The economic benefits are welcome, but other environmental and social effects will occur. The overall objective of this project is to provide a set of tools to estimate the cumulative impacts of a development project based on its power as an "attractor" to subsequent development. The methodology involves an analysis of past projects, historical development patterns and the socio-economic and demographic impacts to northern communities (all derived from publicly available data). Insights from the analysis can then be used to anticipate future development outcomes in a given context. The researchers will later test the method by applying it to a case study in the Canadian Arctic.