Material legacies as resources for sustainable futures: Tourism, infrastructures, heritage (RT 7)

This research task explores de-industrialization processes in Arctic communities, with a focus on how actors relate to the legacies of extractive industries.

Pyramiden water management Infrastructure.

Material legacies as resources for sustainable futures: Tourism, infrastructures, heritage (RT 7)

This research task explores de-industrialization processes in Arctic communities, with a focus on how actors interpret and deal with legacies of extractive industries. The points of departure are the challenges which Arctic communities have had to face when the business cycles of the global mining industry has turned from booms into busts, both in the present and in the past. Since extractive industries strongly influence cultural, social and economic contexts as well as the natural and built environments of communities and their surroundings, the researchers working on this task will explore under what circumstances such material and immaterial legacies can contribute to building sustainable post-industrial communities – as cultural heritage and/or assets for new economic activities. In other words, the objective is to provide new knowledge on how de-industrializing communities can chart new roads to the future, building on the legacies of the past.

 

Images: Pyramiden and Qullissat- post-industrial mining towns at Svalbard and Greenland, yet part of the future visions of former owners, residents, entrepreneurs and heritage authorities. Photos: Dag Avango.

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