Arctic Futures – Past and Present Seminar 1 June 2016

May 27th, 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 environmental and social change in the Arctic has spurred intensive discussions about the region’s future. How can society navigate expected and unexpected changes? What new demands are placed on governance? What role does economic development play as threat or opportunity? But concern for the future(s) of the Arctic is not new – therefore historical experiences have the potential to bring depth and nuance to both research and politics.This seminar features presentations about several on-going projects on Arctic change at KTH and SEI along with a new Nordic Centre of Excellence. The aim is to set the stage for a discussion about future research directions and long-term capacity building for Swedish polar research, with a focus on the role of social sciences and humanities.

Time: June 1, 10:00-12:00
(Coffee served from 9:30)

Place: SEI, Stockholm Environment Institute
Linnégatan 87D, Stockholm    Google maps

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Moderators: Annika E Nilsson and Claudia Strambo, SEI

9:30-10:00 Drop-in coffee mingle
10.00-10.10         Welcome and introduction to Arctic work at SEI and KTH.
Annika E Nilsson, Senior Research Fellow, SEI
10:10-11:00       Theme 1: Assessing Arctic change
Arctic Resilience Assessment – a sneak preview.
Marcus Carson, Senior Research Fellow, SEI
Arctic resources futures in the past and present.
Dag Avango, Researcher, KTH
Future narratives for adaptation action.
Annika E Nilsson, Senior Research Fellow, SEI
10:40-11:00 Discussion: What do the humanities bring to studies of Arctic change?
11:00-12:00        Theme 2:  The context of polar politics
Geopolitics and research priorities — past and present.
Peder Roberts, Researcher, KTH
Scalar politics and media power.
Miyase Christensen, Guest professor KTH/SU
Impact assessments in over-claimed landscapes.
Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, Research Fellow, SEI
Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities: A new Nordic Center of Excellence.
Sverker Sörlin, Professor, KTH and Ninis Rosqvist, Professor, Stockholm University
11:40-12:00 Discussion:  What research capacities are needed for understanding and navigating change?


Thinking Ahead with SEI and KTH
KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have strengthened their ties through a cooperation agreement for environment and development research. The extended partnership reinforces collaboration between the partners in strategic areas, such as international energy and water issues, climate research, policy analysis, and international governance. The partners also aim to share research insights with business leaders, policy-makers and scientists in Sweden and around the world.

As part of the renewed partnership, KTH and SEI are organizing an interactive seminar series which offers participants an area to discuss themes such as future scenarios and sustainable consumption, and the possibility to find future collaborations.  “Arctic Futures – Past and Present” is the sixth seminar in the series.