Publications and outreach

Here we feature publications from the member of the REXSAC network that are related to our research tasks and overall goal. The listed publications and outreach material includes material produced in other projects.

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REXSAC researchers contribute to new book, “Competing Arctic Futures”

REXSAC researchers Sverker Sörlin, Annika E. Nilsson, Dag Avango, Peder Roberts and Eric Paglia have contributed to the book, “Competing Arctic Futures: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”,…

Tuolpagorni vid Kebnekaise i bakgrunden. Foto: Lars Pehrson / SvD / TT

The southern tip of Kebnekaise mountain in Sweden is now becoming lower than the northern peak, according to REXSAC researcher

REXSAC Researcher Ninis Rosqvist took a measurement of the southern tip of Kebnekaise, which consists of snow and ice,  on July 31st and compared it to a month prior.…

Josefina Skerk, Ruona Burman, Katri Linna, Katarina Inga, Rasmus Kløcker Larsen och Per Olof Nutti diskuterar urfolks markanvändning. Foto: David Rydenfalk, Sameradion & SVT Sápmi.

Sami’s limited influence in state processes hot topic in Almedalen in July

Sami’s limited influence in state processes has caused all mining operations on Sami land to be appealed recently. Rasmus Kløcker Larsen, REXSAC researcher at Stockholm Environment…

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REXSAC researcher featured in Swedish magazine “Naturvetaren”

Gunhild “Ninis” Rosqvist, REXSAC researcher and professor of natural geography at Stockholm University, is also the director of the research center in Tarfala. In this…

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REXSAC PhD student, Calle Österlin, interviewed for SvD series on Sami rights

REXSAC PhD student, Calle Österlin was interviewed in connection with the ongoing series about Sami rights in Northern Sweden in the Swedish newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet.…

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New REXSAC report highlighted in SvD series on Sami land rights

In a series of articles, SvD reviews the conflict that has occurred over half Sweden’s surface. On the one hand, the Sami and their rights…

LKAB mine in Kiruna. Credit: Emma-Sofia Olsson.

New report: Mining industry perspectives on indigenous rights

A new report by REXSAC researcher, Rebecca Lawrence : Mining industry perspectives on indigenous rights: Corporate complacency and political uncertainty, in the The Extractive Industries and Society is now available.   …

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The people and the mountain – about life at the foot of Kebnekaise

Swedish Radio meets the people who live and work next to the Kebnekaise mountain range where the glaciers are melting and climate change is becoming more…

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New report: Mining companies’ performance on Sami lands

This paper (Larsen, R. K., Österlin, C. (REXSAC researchers)  and Guia, L.) considers whether these voluntary actions actually improve companies’ CEA performance and so provide…

Niila Inga, Laevas sameby Foto: Jörgen Heikki / Sameradion & SVT Sápmi

Research initiative intensifying at final conference on Swedish mountain environment

There are about 40 researchers from seven Swedish universities who carried out twelve different research projects in the years 2013-2017 in connection with the Swedish…

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Artikel in Samefolket magazine about indigenous rights in Sweden

  Sweden, according to a new study, is the worst of all comparable countries in allowing indigenous peoples to assert their rights in environmental assessments of, for…

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REXSAC’s Annual Report 2017

This is the second annual report from REXSAC.  This report has been prepared by an editorial team, consisting of past and current members of the REXSAC Executive…

Researchers and initiators of the workshop on reindeer feeding in Kiruna. From the left:  Elise Lepy, Camilla Risvoll och Tim Horstkotte.Photo: Sameradion & SVT Sápmi

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…

Great Skua flying over Hornafjörður in southeast Iceland. Photograph: Þorvarður Árnason.

Medieval Iceland, Greenland, and the New Human Condition: A case study in integrated environmental humanities

This paper contributes to recent studies exploring the longue durée of human impacts on island landscapes, the impacts of climate and other environmental changes on…

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Sverige sämst på urfolks inflytande vid gruv- och vindkraftsetablering

Sveriges Radio Sameradion rapporterar: Möjligheter till samiskt inflytande saknas och samråd är enkelriktad information. Det konstaterar forskare vid Stockholm Environment Institute i en färsk studie…

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Indigenous peoples influence on impact assessments

A study performed in Sweden, Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, shows that Sweden received the lowest score regarding indigenous peoples influence on impact assessments.…

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Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory

This award-winning collection examines historical and contemporary impacts of mining on Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. Keeling, Arn and Sandlos, John (eds) (2015). Mining and…

Svalbard Reindeer. Photo: Outward_bound. Flickr.

How stressed are reindeer?

REXSAC research on how climate change and exploitation of resources affect stress levels in reindeer have featured in Swedish media. The work is led by…

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Under the Great Ice. Climate, Society and Subsurface Politics in Greenland

This book by REXSAC researcher Mark Nuttall takes the reader on a journey through landscapes, seascapes and icescapes of memory, movement and anticipation, and unravels…

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Arctic Sustainability Research. Past, Present and Future

What does the word “sustainable” mean in discussing resource extraction and sustainable Arctic communities? This book explores the history, current state of knowledge, and the…

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Knowledge production and environmental conflict

Systematic reviews have become popular for mapping knowledge about environmental impacts. This article provides a commentary on the role of stakeholder involvement when reviewing issues…

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Towards extended shared socioeconomic pathways

This article features a combined participatory bottom-up and top-down scenario methodology with results from the Barents region. It is the result of work carried out…

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Heritage and change in the Arctic

Heritage and Change in the Arctic: Resources for the Present, and the Future. Edited by Robert C. Thomsen and Lill Rastad Bjørst. Aalborg University Press…

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REXSAC’s Annual Report 2016

This report  – REXSAC Annual Report 2016 – provides an overview of the first year of REXSAC activities including reports on strategic program development and…

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Det nya klimatet/The new climate

In a Swedish television documentary on the new climate and its impacts on reindeer herding in northern Sweden, REXSAC’s scientific directors Gunhild Rosqvist comments on…

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Bellwether, exceptionalism, and other tropes: Political coproduction of Arctic climate modeling

Wormbs, N., Döscher, R., Nilsson, A. E., Sörlin, S., (2017). “Bellwether, Exceptionalism, and Other Tropes: Political Coproduction of Arctic Climate Modeling”, in: Cultures of Prediction:…

A glacial canyon in northern Greenland as seen by NASA's P-3B aircraft on May 3, 2012. Photo: Michael Studinger/NASA

Arctic futures: Agency and assessing assessments

Wormbs, Nina & Sverker Sörlin, (2017) “Arctic Futures: Agency and Assessing Assessments”, in Arctic Environmental Modernities From the Age of Polar Exploration to the Era…

Kulusuk, Greenland. Photo: Nick Russill. Flickr.

“En plads i solen” – historiske perspektiver på debatten om udvikling og modernitet i Grønland

Thisted, Kirsten (2017). “’En plads i solen’ – historiske perspektiver på debatten om udvikling og modernitet i Grønland”. [-[‘A place in the sun’ – historical…

Wooden homes line a scenic inlet at Sisimiut, Greenland. Photo: PRODavid Stanley. Flickr.

The Greenlandic Reconciliation Commission: Ethnonationalism, Arctic resources, and post-colonial identity

Thisted, Kirsten (2017). The Greenlandic Reconciliation Commission:  Ethnonationalism, Arctic resources, and post-colonial identity. In: Arctic Environmental Modernities From the Age of Polar Exploration to the…

Arctic Night. Photo credit: Evelyn Berg. Flickr.

Scaling the Planetary Humanities: Environmental Globalization and the Arctic

Sörlin, S., (2017) “Scaling the Planetary Humanities: Environmental Globalization and the Arctic”, in Heise, Ursula K., Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, eds. The Routledge Companion…

Nalunaq Gold Mine. Photo credit: James St. John. Flickr.

Large-scale mining and social innovation

Sejersen, Frank (2016). Large-scale mining and social innovation. In Knudsen (ed.) Perspectives on Skills: An Anthology on Informally Acquired Skills in Greenland (pp. 167-182). Copenhagen:…

Applying a synthetic approach to the resilience of Finnish reindeer herding as a changing livelihood

Sarkki, S., Komu, T., Heikkinen, H.,I, Acosta G., N., Lépy, É., Herva, V-P (2016) Applying a synthetic approach to the resilience of Finnish reindeer herding…

Aboriginal communities, traditional Knowledge, and the environmental legacies of extractive development in Canada

Sandlos, J., and Keeling, A. (2016) Aboriginal communities, traditional Knowledge, and the environmental legacies of extractive development in Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society 3,2:…

Introduction: Critical perspectives on extractive industries in Northern Canada

Sandlos, J., and Keeling, A. (2016) Introduction: Critical perspectives on extractive industries in Northern Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society 3,2: 265–268

Toxic legacies, slow violence, and environmental injustice at Giant Mine, Northwest Territories

Sandlos, J., and Keeling, A. (2016) Toxic Legacies, Slow Violence, and Environmental Injustice at Giant Mine, Northwest Territories. Northern Review 42: 7-21

Arctic sustainability research: Towards a new agenda

Petrov A.N. BurnSilver, S., Chapin, T. Fondahl, G., Keil, K, Nilsson, A.E., Riedlsperger, R. and Schweitzer, P. Arctic sustainability research: toward a new agenda. Polar…

Tourism and Arctic observation systems: Exploring the relationships

de la Barre, Maher, S.P., Dawson, J., Hillmer-Pegram, K., Huijbens, E., Lamers, M., Liggett, D., Müller, D., Pashkevich, A. and Stewart, E. (2016). Tourism and…

Nature-based tourism, conservation and institutional governance: a case study from the Russian Arctic

Pashkevich, A., Stjernström. O. & Lundmark, L. (2016). Nature-based tourism, conservation and institutional governance: a case study from the Russian Arctic. The Polar Journal, 6…

CACCON and partner knowledge networks: Arctic 16 coastal engagement network of future earth coasts

Forbes, D.L., Bell, T., LeTissier, M., Petrov, A., Pulsifer, P., Atkinson, D.E., Eerkes-Medrano, L., Larsen, J.N., Couture, N., Kraev, G., Marino, E., Overduin, P., Rasmussen,…

Decade of accelerating change in the Arctic

Larsen, Joan Nymand. 2016. Commentary: A Decade of Accelerating Change in the Arctic. In The Arctic in World Affairs. A North Pacific Dialogue on the…

Polar Economics: Expectations and real economic futures

Larsen, Joan Nymand (Ed.). 2016. Editorial: Polar Economics: Expectations and real economic futures. The Polar Journal. Vol. 6, No 1, pp. 1-10.

Orientalism or cultural encounters? Tourism assembling culture, capital, and identities

Kramvig, Britt. 2017. “Orientalism or cultural encounters? Tourism assembling culture, capital, and identities”, in Viken et al., Sami Tourism, London: Routledge.

Stories of hope: Enacting art, science and travelling in/across Russian Norwegian borders

Kramvig, Britt and Hilde Methi. 2017. “Stories of hope: Enacting art, science and travelling in/across Russian Norwegian borders”, in Co-creating Tourism Research. Towards Collaborative Ways…

Industrial heritage sites in polar regions: Sources of historical information

Hacquebord, Louwrens, and Dag Avango. “Industrial Heritage Sites in Polar Regions: Sources of Historical Information.” Polar Science 10, no. 3 (2016): 433-40.

Context-sensitive political ecology to consolidate local realities under global discourses: A view for tourism studies

Heikkinen H.,I., Acosta G., N., Sarkki, S. and Lépy É (2016) Context-sensitive political ecology to consolidate local realities under global discourses: A view for tourism…

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Værkrigen i Arktis

Flyen, Anne-Cathrine. Værkrigen i Arktis. (The Arctic Weather War of WW II). Årbok / Fortidsminneforeningen 2016: 177-190.                …

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Composing Greenlandic tourism futures: An Integrated Political Ecology and Actor-Network Theory Approach

Ren, C. B., Bjørst, L. R., & Dredge, D. (2016). Composing Greenlandic tourism futures: An Integrated Political Ecology and Actor-Network Theory Approach. I M. Mostafanezhad,…

Att konstruera naturresurser: industriella framtidsvisioner om Svalbard 1870-1930

Avango, Dag. “Att konstruera naturresurser: industriella framtidsvisioner om Svalbard 1870-1930.” Ottar 310, no. 2 (2016): 41-49.

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Saving or destroying the local community? Conflicting spatial storylines in the Greenlandic debate on uranium

Bjørst, L. R. (2016). Saving or destroying the local community? Conflicting spatial storylines in the Greenlandic debate on uranium. The Extractive Industries and Society, 3(1),…

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Can the Arctic lead the way to a post-petroleum future?

The Arctic is often depicted as a region of vast petroleum resources — a wealth ready to be exploited to ensure national energy security and…

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The politics of planning: assessing the impacts of mining on Sami lands

“The politics of planning: assessing the impacts of mining on Sami lands”  examines the implications of undertaking community-based impact assessment (CBIA) in the Swedish context…

A view from the Nuuk fjord in Greenland

Extractive industries and the unmaking of Arctic places

Indigenous perceptions of land, waters and animals – and their relationships with them – are often ignored in discussions about the development of natural resources.…

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“Då är det inte renskötsel”

This report is about the impacts of Boliden’s proposed mine in Laver, northern Sweden, for the Semisjaur Njarg Sami reindeer herding community (in Swedish with…

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Future Mountains, a new film

Changes in climate and land use, such as mining and infrastructure developments, strongly affect the mountain environment in Arctic Sweden and thereby also the conditions…

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Uncertain Futures: The Changing Global Context of the European Arctic

What does the future look like from the perspective of a small municipality in northern Sweden? What social and environmental challenges might there be and…