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Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (UoL)

The Arctic Centre is Finland’s national institute for Arctic expertise. The multidisciplinary research centre is based at the University of Lapland. The researcher team (around 40 scientists) working at the Arctic Centre, combine perspectives from natural and social sciences in order to understand societal and environmental changes in the Northern regions. The research also contributes to Finland’s arctic policy with the goal of a sustainable future. Research focuses on three main themes: Sustainable development, global change and environmental and minority laws.

The sustainable development research group draws on perspectives from social sciences in order to address international environmental politics, human dimensions of climate change, community adaptation and vulnerability to climatic and social changes as well as social impact assessments of industrial developments. The regionally oriented research also focuses on the national and regional relevance of climate change, the concept of the North in politics, economics and culture, indigenous and local knowledge and mobility and viability in industrial, northern communities. The group participates in three IPY, pan-Arctic initiatives: DAMOCLES (Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies), CAVIAR (Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Region), and BOREAS: Histories from the North, Environments, Movements, and Narratives.


Task attributed: In WP3 : assess past, present and potential implications of climate variability for the fisheries. Within the context of vulnerability we will evaluate where impacts on fishery have greatest social and economic significance. The consideration of societal and cultural components in responses to changes that are associated with climate change can greatly contribute to understanding of existing discourses in the fishery management and governance, and factors encouraging development of planning frameworks in the fishery. This study can serve the theoretical thoughts about possible ways of coupling the global to the national and regional, and ways of integrating models of biogeophysical systems with those of social systems.


Principal Investigator:

Anna Stammler-Gossmann

·         1995 - PhD. social anthropology, University of Cologne (Germany)

·         1995 – 2003 Research projects: Social, economic and political processes in the Russian North, Institute for East European Studies, University of Cologne, Germany

·         2004 – 2005 December – June. Visiting scholar, Research: Indigenous studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK

·         2009, January – July. Visiting scholar, Research: Community adaptation and vulnerability studies, Tohoku University, Japan

·         2005 – 2010 Research projects: sustainable development in the North, climate change and northern communities; fishery and climate change, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland