News & Events

REXSAC partners are engaged in a range of activities. Featured here are news and events relevant to REXSAC’s research and overall goal.

October 29th, 2021

Societal Dynamics in Multiple-Use Landscapes – Call for papers

REXSAC-affiliated researcher Élise Lépy is guest editing a special issue for the Sustainability journal.  A call for papers is open until May 31, 2022. The call…

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October 29th, 2021

REXSAC’s researcher Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist interviewed by AFP

In a video interview by AFP, REXSAC director Ninis Rosqvist measures the south peak of Kebnekaise massif and discusses seeing the impact of a warming…

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June 21st, 2021

REXSAC’s researcher Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist to host Swedish Radio summer program

REXSAC’s researcher Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist is one of this year’s hosts for the acclaimed Swedish radio program “Summer” on Swedish Radio. She will talk about…

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May 26th, 2021

Corinna Röver’s Phd Defense

Title: The Negotiation of an Arctic Animal in Modern Swedish Sápmi, 1920-2020 Thesis: Access thesis here. Defense date: Wednesday 2 June 2020 at 14:00 CEST. Location: Online (access zoom link…

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April 15th, 2021

Invitation to webinar – Policies and investments for a climate smart Barents Region

Norway holds the Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) in 2019-2021. As part of the Norwegian Chairmanship program, the Ministry of Climate and Environment,…

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April 11th, 2021

Webinarium in Swedish: The impact of mining on Sami rights

Hur bra är Sverige på att respektera urfolks rättigheter inom tillståndsprövningar av nya gruvor? Kan Sverige bli ledande i världen i hur man uppnår social…

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April 8th, 2021


 MinErAL and REXSAC are pleased to announce a three-day research seminar that will take place from April 27 to April 29, 2021.  This virtual seminar seeks…

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March 25th, 2021

REXSAC researchers at Arctic Science Summit Week 2021

REXSAC researchers are at the Arctic Science Summit Week 19-26  March 2021. The conference theme is ”The Arctic: Regional Change Global Impacts” and is partitioned into eight…

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March 5th, 2021

Christian Fohringer’s PhD Defence

Title: Adaptations of mobile ungulates in a changing North. Thesis: Access thesis here. Defense date: Friday 19 March 2021, 09:00 -12:00 CET. Location: Department of Fish, Wildlife and Environmental…

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February 1st, 2021

Business Conference about Knowledge and Growth

The Arctic Consensus and AAU Arctic organizes a virtual business conference about knowledge and growth on March 16th and 17th, between 12-16 (UTC+1).   The conference will take…

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January 15th, 2021

Nordic Mining Day 2021

The Nordic Mining Day 2021 will be held as a virtual event this year on Friday, March 5, 2021. It is co-hosted by the Finnish, Norwegian and…

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January 11th, 2021

Lene Kielsen Holm

We are deeply saddened to learn that REXSAC researcher Lene Kielsen Holm has passed away. Lene Kielsen Holm had a leading role in the REXSAC…

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November 17th, 2020

Book Release: “Arctic Traces: Nature and Culture in Motion”

Nordiska Muséet, Sweden’s largest museum on cultural history, organized a digital book release of the multidisciplinary anthology titled “Arctic Traces: Nature and Culture in Motion”…

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November 6th, 2020

Call For Abstracts: Arctic Science Summit Week 2021

Abstract submission is open until 30 November.   Call for abstracts: Submit your abstract here:   Nordforsk will be hosting a joint scientific session at the Arctic…

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November 5th, 2020

REXSAC Scientific Director Ninis Rosqvist on Radio Sweden

Reindeer husbandry is an industry that is vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. In an interview with Radio Sweden Niila Inga, a Swedish reindeer herder in…

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October 19th, 2020

Carl Österlin’s PhD Defense

Title: Nature conservation, landscape change and indigenous rights: The role of Sámi reindeer herding for environmental objectives in the Swedish mountain landscape. Thesis: Access thesis here. Defense date: Friday…

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September 23rd, 2020

Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series: Sverker Sörlin

REXSAC researcher Sverker Sörlin will give the second talk in the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series on September 29 at 11:oo am EDT (5 pm…

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August 24th, 2020

Alix Varnajot’s PhD Defense

Rethinking Arctic tourism: tourists’ practices and perceptions of the Arctic in Rovaniemi.   Abstract:  What is ‘Arctic’ in ‘Arctic tourism’? What makes the distinction between…

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August 21st, 2020


The Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC) project brings together multi-disciplinary research insights to highlight the large mineral extraction systems and how they influence…

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August 17th, 2020

AAU Conference 2021: GREENLAND – DENMARK 1721-2021

In January 2021 Aalborg University is hosting the conference GREENLAND – DENMARK 1721-2021.   As we approach the year 2021, Greenland and Denmark can look…

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January 30th, 2020

REXSAC at Arctic Frontiers 2020 – The Power of Knowledge

REXSAC Researcher Annika E. Nilsson has given a “Brief outlook” on day one of the 14th edition of the Arctic Frontiers Conference: The Power of…

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January 18th, 2020

Mining the Connections 2020 International Multi-Network Conference on Mining

Postponed to spring 2021 Check conference website for updates   REXSAC, together with MinErAL and Amedee Network, is hosting  Mining the Connections, an international and multidisciplinary conference.…

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January 7th, 2020

Petrocultures2020. Call for papers

Petrocultures2020 – Call for papers REXSAC-affiliated researcher Brigt Dale (Nordland Research Institute) leads the scientific committee for the petrocultures2020:transformation conference to be held in Stavanger,…

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December 3rd, 2019

Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward (ICASS X)

ICASS X: Call for abstract The call for abstract is out for the 10th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X). Arctic Generations: Looking…

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November 28th, 2019

REXSAC at Arctic Frontiers 2020 – The Power of Knowledge

REXSAC at Arctic Frontiers 2020 In January 2020, REXSAC will be participating to the 14th edition of the Arctic Frontiers Conference: The Power of Knowledge. This…

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October 3rd, 2019

Workshop 6 nov: Gruvor och hållbar utveckling i norra Sverige – går det att förena?

Välkommen till en workshop för att samla kunskap om förhållandet mellan gruvor och hållbar utveckling i norra Sverige!    Klimatförändringar och omställning till ett fossilfritt…

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October 1st, 2019

“The Arctic while the ice is melting” – new exhibition at Nordiska Museet (Stockholm) 

  From October 10, discover the Nordic Museum’s new exhibition: “The Arctic, while the ice is melting”. This exhibition allows visitors to learn more about the…

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August 17th, 2019

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for projects taking place between April and August 2020

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access…

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August 12th, 2019

Come for coffee and an educational exchange on Arctic mining history on August 19th

The research project REXSAC will be visiting Narsaq Greenland! During this trip researchers from several Nordic countries will speak about the ongoing studies in mining…

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July 1st, 2019

Applications open: Three PhD positions in History

The history unit at Luleå University of Technology is currently expanding and therefore three PhD-positions is announced with the aim of strengthening and further developing…

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June 30th, 2019

REXSAC director appointed Professor of History at Luleå Technological University (LTU)

Dag Avango, reseacher at the Div of history at KTH and managing director of REXSAC since 2017, has been appointed Professor of History at Luleå…

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May 27th, 2019

Nordforsk Annual Meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland

Community engagement and interdisciplinarity were major themes when REXSAC and the other three Nordic Centres of Excellence met in Reykjavik, Iceland, 20-21 May for the…

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May 20th, 2019

Webinar June 4: “Stakeholder Engagement in Environmental Evidence Synthesis”

Stakeholder Engagement is an integral part of all systematic reviews to some degree. However, there has been a little discussion of this important process in…

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May 5th, 2019

REXSAC’s Annika E. Nilsson featured in BBC’s The Real Story: China’s Arctic ambitions

China is located nearly 3,000 kilometres from the Arctic Circle but that hasn’t stopped it taking a keen interest in the region. Last year China…

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April 18th, 2019

News Article: The costs of Mining in Greenland

This article, in the Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa, discusses the real costs of mines for local communities in Greenland and looks to Canada for experience. Canadian mines in areas…

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March 31st, 2019

Sörlin featured in new article: How a warming Arctic connects to the rise of populism in the US and Europe

Martin Breum, a Danish journalist and author on Arctic issues, travelled to Stockholm to meet with Sverker Sörlin. Breum wonders,  “Why is it that the climate crisis,…

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February 8th, 2019

Workshop: Environmental assessments from a reindeer husbandry perspective

The workshop is arranged with the objective to receive concrete contributions to how the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s guidance can be designed. The guidance will…

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December 6th, 2018

REXSAC researcher featured in NBC news article

Ninis Rosqvist, REXSAC researcher at Stockholm University, tells NBC news about the delicate situation influencing Sami communities today. The lack of snow has postponed reindeer migration…

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November 19th, 2018

REXSAC program-wide meeting Alta, Norway – NEW REXSAC partner welcomed – UiT Tromsø

The second annual program-wide meeting was held in Alta, Norway end October. The meeting was hosted by the Arctic University of Norway, Alta campus. See…

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October 5th, 2018

Nilsson to represent REXSAC at the Arctic Circle Assembly, 19-21 October

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 60 countries. It is…

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September 30th, 2018

NEW start for MOOC: Northern Quebec: issues, spaces and cultures

MOOC : Massive Open Online Course This MOOC offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern Quebec, a territory that is also the…

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September 15th, 2018

Sörlin keynote speaker at the first Arctic Resilience Forum in Rovaniemi, 10-11 September

The aim of the first Arctic Resilience Forum was to showcase Arctic best practices. REXSAC researcher, Sverker Sörlin, delivered the first keynote presentation on the 10th for…

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September 6th, 2018

KTH joins as new member of the University of the Arctic

On the first day of the UArctic Council meeting, members voted to welcome twenty new members to the University of the Arctic. The network now has…

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August 31st, 2018

Sverker Sörlin and Thierry Rodon to lead sessions at the second UArctic Congress, September 3-7

UArctic Congress 2018 begins in Oulu, September 3-6 and concludes in Helsinki on September 7. It brings together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one…

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July 15th, 2018

New mining project seeks expertise

A new Formas-funded project called 3MK (Mapping the impacts of Mining using Multiple Knowledges) began this year, involving several REXSAC researchers.  It aims to identify…

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June 10th, 2018

REXSAC researcher takes the stage as Keynote speaker in Davos

REXSAC researcher, Peder Roberts, will give a keynote speech during the POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. The conference will take place in Davos, Switzerland…

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June 10th, 2018

REXSAC researchers sharing at SSR’s congress

Alice Bah Kuhnke, Sweden’s culture minister,  opened the SSR Landsmöte in Östersund, Sweden on May 30st. Among other things, she raised the need and the…

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May 13th, 2018

CALL FOR TEXTS for Les Cahiers de droit – thematic issue scheduled for publication in June 2019 

REXSAC partner MinErAL has sent an invitation for  contributions to a special issue of the Cahiers de droit on the legal aspects of Impacts and Benefits Agreements.…

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May 4th, 2018

New grant will enable mine impacts report to amplify stakeholder reach

REXSAC researchers Rebecca Lawrence (SU) and Rasmus Kløcker Larsen (SEI) have received a new Formas grant. This grant will allow further communication of  the results of a report on…

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March 31st, 2018

Feeding the reindeer – more than just giving them food

On March 22-23rd, a workshop on “Challenges and opportunities of supplementary feeding in reindeer husbandry” was held in Kiruna, Sweden. A joint action of the REXSAC, ReiGN and…

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March 31st, 2018

Film screening March 28th – NOW WITH LINKS TO THE FILMS

On March 28th, dozens gathered at the Nordic Museum for the film screening of “Guardians of the Eternity” and the short film, Can environmental assessments…

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March 22nd, 2018

Presentations from Tomorrow’s Arctic EIA Workshop in December

Environmental Impact Assessment are part of the process for making decisions about new mines and other investment related to extractive industries. To better understand how…

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March 18th, 2018

Film screening March 28th at 17:30 in Stockholm

For those in Stockholm, or passing through on March 28th,  please join us for a REXSAC film screening at 17:30 at the Nordic Museum.  Guardians…

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March 5th, 2018

Workshop on “Challenges and opportunities of supplementary feeding in reindeer husbandry”

On March 22-23rd, a workshop on “Challenges and opportunities of supplementary feeding in reindeer husbandry” will be held in Kiruna, Sweden. A joint action of the REXSAC,…

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February 28th, 2018

REXSAC researchers to attend PDAC in Toronto, March 4-7th

PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is the world’s premier mining investment convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral…

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January 15th, 2018

REXSAC field research highlighted in KTH Magazine article

A new article has been published in the KTH Magazine with the REXSAC researchers from KTH  at Sorgfjorden, Svalbard, in July of 2017. Field research…

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January 12th, 2018

REXSAC researchers appointed members of The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research

Britt Kramvig, from The Arctic University of Norway, and Annika Nilsson, from The Stockholm Environment Institute, have been appointed as members of The Norwegian Scientific…

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December 11th, 2017

REXSAC Posters for Arctic EIA workshop, Dec 11-12, 2017

REXSAC researchers share insights at the poster session at the Arctic EIA workshop: Nordic possibilities and perspectives to Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic. The…

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December 8th, 2017

REXSAC researcher presents at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm

REXSAC researcher and natural geographer, Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist, among others, held panel discussions and lectures on the topic, “What are the effects of climate change on…

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November 20th, 2017

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Arctic Co-operation Programme 2018–2021

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ first Arctic co-operation programme was launched in 1996. The programme for 2018–2021 will be the eighth in the series of Arctic Co-operation…

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November 13th, 2017

Exciting new project with relevant ties to REXSAC work

As mining in the Arctic increases, there is an urgent need to assess social and environmental impacts as well as mitigate negative impacts. This project,…

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November 10th, 2017

REXSAC researcher radio guest November 9th

Annika Nilsson, REXSAC researcher at SEI, spoke out on Studio Ett, a Swedish daily radio program. Annika talks about climate change and the 2 degree…

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November 8th, 2017

Arctic EIA workshop, Dec 11-12, 2017

REXSAC researchers to participate in the workshop: Tomorrow’s Arctic EIA: Nordic possibilities and perspectives to Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic. The workshop is held…

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October 11th, 2017

REXSAC PhD students at Arctic Circle 2017

REXSAC PhD students Jasmiini Pylkkänen and Sandra Fischer will present their work at Arctic Circle 2017 in a session where they will “compete” with student…

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October 6th, 2017

MOOC: Northern Quebec: issues, spaces and cultures

MOOC: Northern Quebec: issues, spaces and cultures MOOC : Massive Open Online Course This MOOC offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern…

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October 6th, 2017

Arctic environmental impact assessments: Questionnaire about good practices

Request for input: Good practice in Environmental Impact Assessment The Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group requests participation in their questionnaire on good practice in…

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September 6th, 2017

Book award “Best Edited Collection” to REXSAC researchers

REXSAC researchers Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, both of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, were recently awarded the Canadian Studies Network Prize for Best Edited…

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August 28th, 2017

Call for abstracts: Extractive Industries and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Arctic

Arctic Change 2017: Call for abstracts Abstract submissions are presently being accepted for the 2017 Arctic Change Conference, to be held in Quebec City, Canada, between 11-15 December,…

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August 28th, 2017

Call for input to literature review of past mining transitions

Stockholm Environment Institute is undertaking a review of the literature on past natural resource transitions, with attention to energy resources but also natural resources more…

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June 22nd, 2017

Call for course applications from UArctic’s Thematic Network on Extractive Industries

“Security, Geopolitics, and Governance Challenges in relation to Arctic Extractive Industries” is the theme of a UArctic Thematic Network course aimed at masters and PhD…

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June 14th, 2017

Nordic Initiative Annual Conference 13-14 June 2017

Nordic Initiative Annual Conference 13-14 June 2017 After slightly more than a year of work in the Joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research, representatives from…

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June 13th, 2017

Field work in Nautanen

Field work in Nautanen May 2017 Nautanen is an old copper mine that was abandoned at the beginning on the 20th century without any effort…

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June 7th, 2017


REXSAC researchers are active at the Ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Science (ICASS IX) in Umeå 8-12 June 2017. Here are some highlights: Plenary…

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June 7th, 2017

Call for papers: Economy, business and environment in history

Economy, Business and Environment in History REXSAC researcher Esa Ruuskanen, University of Oulu, Finland served as guest editor for this special issues of Scandinavian Economic…

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March 17th, 2017

ERC grant to REXSAC researcher

REXSAC researcher Peder Roberts has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant (award number 716211) to investigate how the polar regions became conceptualised as…

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March 8th, 2017

REXSAC program-wide meeting Copenhagen March 2017

REXSAC will hold its first program-wide meeting in Copenhagen 13-15 March 2017, hosted by REXSAC partner University of Copenhagen. The meeting is followed by the…

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February 10th, 2017

The ReSDA network

ReSDA  – Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic – is a research network that brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines and…

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February 10th, 2017

MinErAL website on-line

MinErAL is an international knowledge network about mining encounters and indigenous sustainable livelihoods. Read more below and on its recently launched website: MinErAL  – …

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November 24th, 2016

Interdisciplinarity in Arctic research

Interdisciplinarity in Arctic research: Panel discussion at Polarforum 2016 “If you are going to find pathways to the future in the Arctic you have to…

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November 17th, 2016

Mining heritage as a resource

New projects: Mining heritage as a resource How do cultural and physical geographical legacies of mining shape the possibilities for remaking and reusing former extraction…

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November 11th, 2016

REXSAC at ICASS IX: Call for abstracts

The ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences – ICASS IX – will be held in Umeå 8-12 June 2017. The call for individual abstract…

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October 26th, 2016

Impact assessments in contested landscapes: Call for abstracts

Nordic Geographers Meeting 18-21 June 2017 Impact assessments in contested landscapes: indigenous rights, resistance, and co-management Session I3 This session explores the politics and performativity…

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October 17th, 2016

Best practices for mining and sustainable development in the Arctic

Best practices for mining and sustainable development in the Arctic What roles can government and industry play in ensuring adequate oversight and best practices for…

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October 6th, 2016

Of muskoxen and people in Scandinavia

What happens when authorities reintroduce animal species into landscapes that they have not been part of for a long time? At the conference ‘The Future…

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September 6th, 2016

PhD position: Political science with focus on resource extraction and indigenous peoples

The Department of Political Science at Stockholm University is advertising a REXSAC PhD position. Link to Stockholm University job advertisement Ref. No. SU FV-2574-16 Closing…

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September 2nd, 2016

PhD position: Impacts of Mining on Arctic Environments and Societies

PhD position in Physical Geography at Stockholm University: Impacts of Mining on Arctic Environments and Societies The Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University is…

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August 18th, 2016

PhD position: Environmental knowledge and sustainable Arctic communities

University of Oulu, Finland, is advertising a REXSAC PhD position in Environmental knowledge and sustainable Arctic communities. Application deadline is 30 September 2016. Link to…

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August 12th, 2016

PhD position: Global change and animal movements – Towards a socio-ecological predictive framework

Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at SLU in Umeå is adverstising a PhD position in Biology. The focus is on Global change and…

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May 27th, 2016

Arctic Futures – Past and Present Seminar 1 June 2016

Thinking Ahead seminar: Arctic Futures – Past and Present Join researchers from SEI and KTH for a discussion focusing on Arctic governance and geopolitics. Rapid…

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