Covid-19 economic impacts & recovery in the Northern Periphery & Arctic

CoDeL is leading a new European funded project to assess the economic impacts of Covid-19 on peripheral communities from eastern Finland to Prince Edward Island in Canada, and to recommend policy and action that can enable these communities to be sustainable and thrive in to the future.

The partnership, led by CoDeL, is funded under the Covid Response Call of the European Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and includes 6 universities or research institutes, 3 other public institutions (including NHS Highlands) and 3 business networks in the Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, all four Scandinavian countries, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

“With Brexit looming”, says CoDeL Director Thomas Fisher, “the Nordic and Arctic region and Scotland are determined to build ties to enable partnership working in the future.  We are delighted that Uist in the Outer Hebrides can play a leading role in this work stretching across the whole Northern Periphery.  All the partners are determined that the project draw up recommendations for economic renewal and redesign in peripheral areas that together we can implement in future.  The project recommendations will influence the design of the next Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme funding round, and it is so important that Scotland has a strong voice in this.”

The project will draw on insights and innovation, analysis and case studies, to plot a roadmap to enable peripheral communities to become more sustainable and resilient in the new reality triggered by Covid.  By drawing on adaptations and innovations from across all the NPA countries and Canada, and from diverse disciplines, including health, economics and human rights, the Outer Hebrides will have access to so much good practice and so many innovative ideas to support economic recovery and renewal here on the islands.