REXSAC focuses on extractive resource industries in the Arctic as cultural, social, economic, and ecological phenomena – from analysis of why resource extraction commences, to what consequences it has for communities in the Arctic and beyond, and what opportunities exist for transitioning toward post-extractive futures.

REXSAC engages an international network of scholars from across the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Community participation in environmental and social monitoring is also a central part of the REXSAC.

REXSAC is funded by Nordforsk for the period 2016-2021 as one of four new Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic research under the programme  Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges – Pathways to Action.