Resultat från Mistra Arctic presenteras 9 juni i Umeå!

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Resultat från Mistra Arctic presenteras 9 juni i Umeå!)

Den 8-12 juni pågår en stor konferens för arktiska humanister och samhällsvetare i Umeå.

På konferensens andra dag, fredagen den 9 juni, kommer Mistra Arctics forskare att presentera sina forskningsresultat under tre sessioner. Det kostar 15 euro (dvs ca 120 kr) att lösa en dagsbiljett. Du som är intresserad, kontakta, så skickar hon en länk för registrering.

Vid registeringen som hålls i Universumhuset vid Umeå universitet (se skyltar) kan du också få mer information om var rummen för olika presentationer ligger.

Konferensen hålls på engelska och så här ser Mistra Arctics bidrag under konferensen ut:

kåsa illustration över placering av tryckMISTRA Arctic Sustainable Development-programmets gemensamma resultat presenteras:

9 juni,            Tre sessioner: 10:30-12:00, 13:30-15:00 och 15:30-17:00. We cannot understand present or future resource use in northern Europe without understanding history. (Sessionsledare Carina Keskitalo).

Session I (10.30-12.00):

  1. Institutional change or inertia? Societal change in the case of northern Europe (Carina Keskitalo, Maria Pettersson)
  2. Human Geography and Development in a Dynamic Region Dean Carson, Olof Stjernström, Lovisa Solbär, Doris Carson, Peter Sköld)
  3. What does the state want in the North?: From welfare state to de-regulation and re-regulation (Sverker Sörlin)
  4. Making sense of regional futures in a changing global context (Annika E. Nilsson, Niklas Eklund, Marie Jürisoo, Ekaterina Klimenko, Lize-Marié van der Watt)

Session II (13.30-15.00):

  1. The institutionalisation of forestry: how forestry was developed as ‘continuous land use’ (Jan Kunnas, Carina Keskitalo, Maria Pettersson, Olof Stjernström)
  2. Constructing mineral resources: networks and governance in the development of mining in the European Arctic (Dag Avango)
  3. The making of ‘wilderness’ and pleasure peripheries in a resource region, and their implications in policy (Dieter K. Müller, Joakim Byström, Olof Stjernström, Daniel Svensson)
  4. Ethnicity and resource rights in the European north, 17th –21st Century (Per Axelsson, Corinna Röver, Peter Sköld)

Session III: 15.30-17.00

  1. Energy regimes in the Scandinavian north, c.1900-2015 (Paul Warde)
  2. Marine Resources: Reconciling Environmental Concerns and Economic Opportunities in the Arctic (Sabine Höhler)
  3. Given institutional logics and path dependencies, how much can ‘soft means’ really change? A study of EIA, certification and CSR mechanisms compared with other types of instruments and their use in resource sectors (Lovisa Solbär, Carina Keskitalo; Hannelene Schilar; Maria Pettersson)
  4. Dynamics of Arctification in Russia—Institutional Change, Reification or Inertia? (Niklas Eklund)

MISTRA Arctic Sustainable Development-forskare bidrar också vid andra presentationer:

  • 8 juni             11:30-13:00 och 14:30-16:00 Andrey Petrov, Chris Southcott, Tierry Rodon, Sverker Sörlin (Current Research on Extractive Industries and the Sustainability in the Arctic).
  • 8 juni             11:30-13:00 och 14:30-16:00 Dieter K. Muller, Pat Maher, Brooks Kaiser (Arctic Tourism – Tourism in the Arctic).
  • 10 juni,          10:30-12:00 och 13:30-15:00 Dag Avango (Resource extraction and sustainable Arctic communities: interdisciplinary perspectives).
  • 10 juni           10:30-12:00 Annika E Nilsson (Scenario methodologies: Evaluation and ways forward).
  • 11 juni           13:30-15:00 Dag Avango (Resource extraction and sustainable Arctic communities: interdisciplinary perspectives).
  • 11 juni 13:30-15:00 Dean Carson (Recruiting and Retaining).



Results from MASD included in a new AMAP Assessment

April 28th, 2017 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Results from MASD included in a new AMAP Assessment)

How will the Barents area respond to a warmer climate? A recently released overview report about the adaptive capacity of the Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Russian Arctic highlights how adaptation in the region is greatly affected by social, economic, political and cultural factors. It also shows that a complex web of drivers of change – from nature, economics and government – directly affect local communities.

“One way to better understand the potential challenges and opportunities ahead is to create spaces for discussing potential futures and what these would entail at the local level,” says MASD researcher Dr. Annika E. Nilsson at Stockholm Environment Institute, who has lead work on two of the chapters in the scientific report that will be released later this spring. Such an exercise was carried out in Pajala two years ago in workshop organized by MASD and the results from this workshop and several other similar workshops are included in the report.

A large number of MASD researchers have also contributed to a chapter that describes the region, with Professor Carina Keskitalo (Umeå University), scientific director of MASD, as a coordinating lead author.

The report is the result of a four-year Arctic Council project and is produced by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. It is available on-line at

The conclusions and recommendations of these assessments will be presented to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska on 11 May 2017.

Interview with Annika E Nilsson – a Mistra Fellow

March 31st, 2017 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Interview with Annika E Nilsson – a Mistra Fellow)

A researcher portrait of Annika E Nilsson  is now available at the Mistra homepage. Annika E Nilsson has been appointed Mistra Fellow, to further develop her expertice in Arctic issues. The interview is written in Swedish. Read the interview!

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)

For further information, please contact:

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)!