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 (https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3051)

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“.

Formas supports study on small villages in Northern Sweden with 3 million SEK

November 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Okategoriserade - (Comments Off on Formas supports study on small villages in Northern Sweden with 3 million SEK)

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Dean and Doris Carson, participants of the first work package of the Mistra Arctic programme (WP1),  have received a grant of 3 million SEK  from the Swedish Research Council Formas. The aim of the study is to examine how demographic change in the north is affecting small villages. They will develop a computer model which can simulate village life, and look at what happens under various scenarios – such as when schools or hospitals open or close, new businesses come to the village, resource projects begin or end in the region, or new tourism developments occur. Case studies will be performed in  Vilhelmina, Storuman and Arvidsjaur. The project runs from 2016 to 2018.

Sustainable Communities and the Legacies of Mining in the Nordic Arctic

August 26th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Okategoriserade - (Comments Off on Sustainable Communities and the Legacies of Mining in the Nordic Arctic)

Now a project description of a recent MASD related research project is available in public. The project focuses on the effects of mining on societies and local environments in the Arctic, and which of these effects will persist  after the end of operations. The research project  is conducted in close cooperation with the Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development Program (MASD), funded by Mistra and involving the Division of History at KTH, the Arctic Centre at Umeå University (ARCUM) and other partners in Sweden and elsewhere. Read more!