Arctic Five Chairs Symposium

Warmly welcome to the Arctic Five Chairs symposium at the University of Oulu, Tellus Stage, on June 8 at 13.00-16.30. In two sessions with ample room for questions and discussion, excellent scholars from the Arctic Five Chairs program will present their research.

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Stage, Tellus Linnanmaa and Zoom

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The Arctic Five Chairs program is a part of a university collaboration between five universities in the Fennoscandinavian Arctic – The University of Oulu and The University of Lapland in Finland, Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University in Sweden, and UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. Together, these universities represent the most comprehensive research and education infrastructure in the European Arctic, including over 10,000 researchers and 90,000 students. The aim of our partnership is to use cross-border cooperation as a tool for achieving ground-breaking research and education in support of responsible and sustainable development in the Arctic and beyond. Our combined and complementary strengths make us a strong knowledge hub and together we make our voices heard on the global Arctic arena.

The Arctic Five Chairs program is the main tool for stimulating collaboration in research and education within the Arctic Five, building on bottom-up initiatives from excellent scholars at our universities and beyond. In June 2022, the Arctic five appointed 15 Arctic Five chairs. At the symposium on June 8, we will present ongoing Arctic Five chairs projects that in different ways deal with opportunities and challenges pertaining to the green transition industrialization in the European Arctic, on themes such as city planning, land use conflicts, indigenous rights, demography, health and cultural heritage.


13.00-13.15 Welcome and Introduction, Dag Avango and Kirsi Latola

13.15-13.30 Dynamics of land use tensions in the Scandinavian Arctic, Christina Allard (Luleå University of Technology)

13.30-13.45 Feminisms, Epistemes and Techno-Sciences – Contributing for more-than Human in the Arctic, Mervi Heikkinen (University of Oulu)

13.45-14.00 Just green transformation, Tanja Joona (University of Lapland)

14.00-14.15 Researching healthy ageing and age-friendly communities, Anastasia Emelyanova (University of Oulu)

14.15-14.30 Hot as Hell – Sustainable Skills Supply Strategies as Key to Structural Transformation of the Labour Market in the Arctic, Karolina Parding (Luleå University of Technology) Online

14.30-14.45 In Situ Preservation in a Changing Environment, Malcolm Lillie (Umeå University) Online

14.45-15.00 Questions and discussion

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-15.45 The Civilian Effect, Gunhild Hoogensen (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)

15.45-16.00 Smart and Sustainable Arctic Towns: aligning top-down and bottom-up urban sustainability in the Arctic, Agatino Rizzo (Luleå University of Technology)

16.00-16.15 Working together – Sámi and Indigenous studies across the borders, Torjer Olsen (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)

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You can also join the symposium online.
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Last updated: 5.6.2023