Human Sciences of the University of Oulu join new Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic Research

The Research Community the Age of Adjustments and the Research Units of Cultural Anthropology, Geography, History of Science and Ideas, History and Philosophy as well as Archaeology enjoyed great success in the Call for Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic Research (NCoE). University of Oulu is a partner in the Centre Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC). The Centre is coordinated by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and led by Professor Sverker Sörlin.

The Centre of Excellence will focus on long term and broad effects of resource extraction in Arctic human communities. Special question is adaptation of human communities to the effects of expanding Arctic extractive industries; such as environmental and cultural changes ignited by mining. The University of Oulu research group will focus on impacts of multiple pressures on Arctic landscapes and societies, including tourism and traditional livelihoods.

The Centre of Excellence project of the University of Oulu will be attached to the Arctic program of the Academy of Finland (ARKTIKO), which already includes for example a Nordic partner project Understanding the Cultural Impacts and Issues of Lapland Mining: A Long-Term Perspective on Sustainable Mining Policies in the North led by Professor of Archaeology Vesa-Pekka Herva. The Centre will cooperate also with the Centre of Excellence RELATE coordinated by the University of Oulu and funded by Academy of Finland particularly on the research topics related to tourism and Arctic land use changes.

In addition, Docent Simo Sarkki who represents the University of Oulu, Thule Institute and Cultural Anthropology is a partner in another successful Nordic Centre of Excellence in Arctic research, Reindeer Husbandry in a Globalizing North – resilience, adaptations and pathways for Actions (ReiGN). The Centre is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and led by Professor Øystein Holand. Doctor Sarkki will focus particularly on studying adaptation possibilities and potential policy solutions for reindeer herding and Sámi communities in a context of globalisation.

News from NordForsk: Four new Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic research

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Last updated: 15.1.2016