Health in the Changing Arctic


A Nordic - French Workshop in the series The Changing Arctic

The Changing Arctic is a series of Nordic-French seminars that will address key Arctic issues in the field of research. The purpose of this series is to create a meeting point for researchers with interest in these topics, and to have a discussion with the public during open lectures. The seminars will take place in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden during 2016. They will address topics like urbanization, health, governance, patrimony, and environment.

Workshop on Health in the Changing Arctic will be held in Oulu, Finland on Monday, June 13, 2016

Venue: University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus, Environmental Sciences Building, Paavo Havaksen Tie 3, entrance “M”, lecture hall IT113.

Time: June 13th, 2016, 8:45 - 16:00

Changes on lifestyles in the Arctic are currently undergoing, due to several factors such as societal evolutions or climate change. Impacts of these changes on the health of Artic inhabitants are visible for example in changes in dietary patterns and livelihoods or in specific challenges of the area (pollution, dispersed settlement, transport infrastructure, ...).

These new challenges in terms of well-being, mental wellness and impact of urbanization on health will be discussed. Moreover, new pathways for health research will be evoked through the inputs of geographic information systems (GIS) or medical cohorts.

The workshop received financial support from Institut français and doctoral program “Aurora DP” (Thule Institute, University of Oulu).

The participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Please, fill in the registration form here by June 6th, 2016.

Participants have the possibility to present their research with a poster. Especially doctoral students are encouraged to participate. Please send the abstract of your poster to Arja Rautio, email arja.rautio[at]


See the biographies of the speakers


Tentative program

8.45  Registration

Session I

9.15   Welcome words

9.25  How can Greenhouses and nordic agriculture support sustainable food security in Nunavik. Sylvie Blangy, Professor, University of Montpellier

9.45  Ecosystem service frameworks miss the direct link from governance to well-being. Simo Sarkki, Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu

10.05  Discussion

10.20  Coffee break

Session II

10.45  Health, wellbeing and place: some conceptual and methodological issues. Sébastien Fleuret, Research director, University of Angers

11.05  Geography of health and well-being in the Northern Finland. Tiina Lankila, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oulu:

11.25  Healthy Urban Planning –new approaches for strategic land use planning in the Arctic. Emilia Rönkkö, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oulu

11.45 Physical activity and cohort studies. Raija Korpelainen, Professor, Oulu Deaconess Institute "ODL" and University of Oulu

12.05  Discussion


12.20  Lunch


Session III

13.15  Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study Cohort (NSHDS). Lena Maria Nilsson, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Umeå

13.35 Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in Northern Finland. Juha Veijola, Professor, University of Oulu

13.55 Discussion

14.30  Coffee + posters (guided tour)

Workshop session

15.15 General discussion/Discussion in smaller groups/Panel

16.00 Closing words


Organizers: The Institut français de Finlande and the French Embassy, the University of Oulu and the Thule Institute


Last updated: 2.6.2016