CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Arctic Change – Global Challenge: Workshop for Emerging Leaders

March 13th, 2017 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Arctic Change – Global Challenge: Workshop for Emerging Leaders)

The aim of this workshop is to increase the capacity of individuals who may become the next generation global leaders to understand and act on the new security and governance challenges that are developing in the context of global environmental change. It will bring together a small group of young professionals with leadership aspirations with the specific task of using Arctic change as a starting point for defining what global security and governance might entail in the next 20-30 years and to explore their own roles in addressing them.

The workshop will take place 30-31 August 2017, hosted by University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland. It is supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), the University of Lapland’s Arctic Center, and the project Arctic Governance and the Question of Fit in a Globalized World funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas. Convener is Dr. Annika E. Nilsson, Mistra-Arctic Fellow at GMFUS and Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute.

We invite young professionals (age 20-35) with aspirations for leadership roles in relation to politics, community development, or research to apply to the workshop. The workshop is free of charge and local costs are covered by the organizers. Some funding is available for travel support, but we also encourage participants to look for other ways to cover travel costs. If you need support for travel costs, please provide motivation and a budget. We aim for a final selection of participants that will reflect a diversity of experiences and perspectives from within and outside the Arctic.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter with
  • Short presentation of yourself
  • Motivation:  How you and others would benefit from your participation
  • Some words about how you see global-local interactions in your area of interest
  • Some words about  where you see yourself as a leader in five to ten years from now
  • Optional: Request for travel support with budget
  • CV

APPLY HERE  (Application deadline: 20 April 2017)

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Fruitful village meetings in the Storuman area

January 20th, 2017 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Okategoriserade - (Comments Off on Fruitful village meetings in the Storuman area)

Dean 20 januari_smallDuring January 2017 Mistra Arctic researcher Dean Carson has been doing a roadshow around Storumans Kommun with colleagues from the Kommun talking about resource led development in the region, and featuring the MASD project. Blaiken, Barsele and Pauträsk are examples of villages included in the roadshow. Both during the meetings in Blaiken and barsele about 30 persons attended the meetings.  Dean Carson is pleased with the great public interest:

– These meetings have helped shape the ‘extension’ projects for Storuman. We promised we would do two. One is to be modelling potential demographic impacts of the Barsele Gold project on the villages in the region (Barsele and Gunnarn). I hope to work with Dag Avango and Jan Kunnas on that – particularly looking at the end of the mining cycle. The second is likely to be something around the adequacy of economic impact estimates (mainly employment) given in EIAs and project prospectus. But this is still to be finalised, and there are other ideas.

The Arctic Council needs to take on “wicked” issues!

December 6th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Okategoriserade - (Comments Off on The Arctic Council needs to take on “wicked” issues!)

In a blog posted as part of the World Policy Insitute’s series “Arctic in Context”, Mistra Arctic researcherAnnika E Nilsson  discusses the Arctic Council’s 20-year anniversary. One explanation why the Arctic Council has been so successful during its first 20 years may stem from focusing on issues where it has been easy to agree. Nilsson suggests that now is time to take on wicked issues that are more complicated to agree upon, such as mitigation of climate change and the impact of extractive industries on sustainability.

The  analysis, entitled “The Arctic Council: From Achievement to Self-Reflection and Learning” is based on Nilsson’s previous publications in the Arctic Resilience report and a full length analysis is also available here (

Key gaps in Arctic knowledge defined

October 4th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Key gaps in Arctic knowledge defined)

polar-geographyAs a co-author, Annika E Nilsson has contributed to a recent review on knowledge gaps regarding sustainable development in the Arctic, described further in the publication: “Arctic Sustainability Research: Toward a New Agenda.” Polar Geography 39, no. 3 (2016): 165-78.

“Important themes include continued refinement of integrated sustainability indicators; examining sustainable development as process; analyzing success stories and failures; performing longitudinal analysis (both back and forward) of sustainable development, investigating linkages between climate change and sustainable development; analyzing the role of institutions in sustainable development; examining sustainable development in urban areas and the relationships between rural and urban people, places and phenomena; and continuing analysis of the roles of resources, traditional and emerging economies (creative, arts, high tech) as factors and instruments of sustainable development. Finally, examining the roles equity, agency, power and justice along key axes of difference in the Arctic – gender, age and identity – will only become increasingly important as the region continues to transform into the future.”

Read the paper!

Landscapes of movement in the Swedish Mountains explained in Podcast

September 20th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Okategoriserade - (Comments Off on Landscapes of movement in the Swedish Mountains explained in Podcast)

Mistra Arctic researcher Daniel Svensson participate in a podcast where the landscapes of movement in the swedish mountains is further explained. The podcast (52.28 minutes, in Swedish) is available at the podcast programme “Storslagen Fjällmiljö“.

Peter Sköld becomes Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten

June 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Peter Sköld becomes Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten)

klimatambassadörer 2016Peter Sköld, administrative manager and WP1 leader, has been appointed Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten County in Northern Sweden. A climate ambassador is a famous person who in one way or another have helped to highlight the climate issue through their own involvement or curiosity.

Climate Ambassadore Colleagues are the sport idols Elin Johansson and  Per Elofsson.

Watch the local TV News or read more!

WP4 leader becomes Vice Rector of Umeå University!

May 26th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on WP4 leader becomes Vice Rector of Umeå University!)

dieterToday it has been revealed that Dieter Müller, who together with Olle Stjernström is the leader of  Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development’s (MASD’s) work package 4, has been appointed vice rector of Umeå University from July 1st this year. Dieter Müller is Professor of Human Geography and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University. As vice rector, he will receive a special responsibility for research and research training in social sciences and humanities.

Read more (In Swedish)!

Extended deadline for PhD course Barents Summer School 2016!

May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Extended deadline for PhD course Barents Summer School 2016!)

If you are a PhD student and if you have not yet applied for Barents Summer School 2016 , I hope you will give this opportunity another thought. Deadline for application is now extended to May 30th!

The interdisciplinary course “Towards Sustainable Communities” covers the complexity of sustainability of the communities in the Barents Region. Besides keynote lectures and sauna mingel, the students are expected to prepare in advance a short article and an oral presentation of their work, which will be presented during the summer school. The students have the responsibility to read and comment at least one article from a fellow student. We will send instructions in due time before the course, and publish and distribute the articles in a form of proceedings (in electronic form).

The course is sceduled August 1-6 in Oulanka, Finland. Student expenses regarding travel and accommodation, will be covered by external funding.

Read more!

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Arctic governance in focus in a new report from SIPRI

March 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Arctic governance in focus in a new report from SIPRI)


Mistra Arctic researchers are involved in a new SIPRI report called “The New Arctic Governance”. In a press release from SIPRI the book is described like this:

“At a time when many regions of the world are facing growing confrontation and even conflict, the authors consider whether the experience of fashioning multilateral, cooperative and peaceful governance in the Arctic offers lessons to other parts of the world? Looking ahead, the volume is designed to explore the sustainability of current governance trends in the Arctic. To what extent is cooperation in the Arctic the result of issues specific to the region today? Are current relationships and institutions durable in the light of emerging competition and even confrontation between key Arctic players elsewhere in the world? What steps might be taken to consolidate cooperation as the central political and security dynamic in the Arctic?”

Both editors Linda Jakobson and Neil Melvin are engaged in Mistra Arctic, as well as Ekaterina Klimenko, one of the authors. Read more!

Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia)

January 22 Eric Paglia defended his thesis: The Northward Course of the Anthropocene: Transformation, Temporality and Telecoupling in a Time of Environmental Crisis.

“Several dissertation themes were observed in practice at the international science community of Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard, where global change is made visible through a concentration of scientific activity. Ny-Ålesund is furthermore a place of geopolitics, where extra-regional states attempt to enhance their legitimacy as Arctic stakeholders through the performance of scientific research undertakings, participation in governance institutions, and by establishing a physical presence in the Far North. This dissertation concludes that this small and remote community represents an Anthropocene node of global environmental change, Earth system science, emergent global governance, geopolitics, and stakeholder construction in an increasingly telecoupled world.”

Here is a link to a complete summary of the thesis. And here is the full text version.