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The Antarctic youth coalition: an experiment in citizen participation and south - south cultural diplomacy


Salazar, JF and Leane, E and Roldan, G and Fraser, C and Diaz, KM and Power, C and Garro, F and Silima, R and Barticevic, E, The Antarctic youth coalition: an experiment in citizen participation and south - south cultural diplomacy, The Polar Journal, 12, (1) ISSN 2154-896X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/2154896X.2022.2062560


Ongoing youth-based programmes providing educational expeditions to Antarctica have been developed by non-state actors, universities, and national Antarctic programs since the early 2000s. Despite the successes and impact of these educational programs, and despite the emergence and growth in recent decades of youth-led issues-based movements worldwide, there have been scarce opportunities for young people to have a voice in national and global networks for action on Antarctica. Furthermore, both Antarctic decision-makers and academia have not paid a great deal of attention to youth participation in Antarctic affairs. Drawing on a youth expedition to King George Island in February 2020, the authors designed the Antarctic Youth Coalition as an experiment in youth participation. As a result of the formation of the Antarctic Youth Coalition across five Antarctic gateway cities, we proposed that AYC to provides conceptual and practical platforms for a deeper interrogation of youth participation in Antarctic political, social, economic and environmental matters of concern. This article highlights sustained and active engagement with Antarctic youth projects and the role that young people can play in Antarctic cultural diplomacy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, youth, cultural diplomacy, public participation, public engagement, polar regions, gateway city
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Public participation and community engagement
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Power, C (Miss Chloe Power)
ID Code:149998
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP160100210)
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2022-05-08
Last Modified:2023-01-27

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