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.