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Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development – New Governance

There is an unprecedented level interest in the Arctic, partly a result of climate change and sea ice retreat that may allow for increased shipping traffic as well as expanded oil and gas exploration. While most attention is focused on the High Arctic, other areas of the Arctic are also affected by increasing economic activities, including the northernmost parts of Europe. These developments have stimulated state-level political engagements as well as political activity among Arctic residents.

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Annika E. Nilsson

The mission for the Mistra-funded programme Arctic Sustainable Development – New Governance, which runs from April 2014 to 2018, has been to provide a framework for nuanced understanding of the conditions for development in the European Arctic by focusing on the historical construction of resources, the emergence and effectiveness of governance structures, and the local and regional impacts of global trends. The programme focus has been on the construction of the European Arctic through three research questions that address the links between processes at international, national, regional and local levels in key resource use activities:

  • How have particular resource-based activities been established and legitimized, and which actors have played key roles in these processes?
  • How are these patterns continued in current governance processes, and what are the possibilities for changing these?
  • What are the effects on sub-regional and local levels, and how can governance for sustainable development be supported?

SEI has  primarily worked on the changing global context of the European Arctic and  analyzed the broader, global context of governance and sustainable development in the European Arctic, with particular attention to interactions between environmental change, resource demand, the global economy, and geopolitical changes. A major focus has been on developing a scenario methodology

Arctic Sustainable Development – New Governance is led by Umeå University and also includes collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Learn more about SEI’s work on the Arctic »

Project Team

Marie Jürisoo
Marie Jürisoo

Operations Director, Deputy Director SEI Oxford

Global Operations

SEI Headquarters, SEI Oxford

Topics and subtopics
Governance : Geopolitics / Land : Land use
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