The Arctic today faces extraordinary pressures, with globalisation and climate change combining to drive change at an unprecedented rate. The opening up of new economic sectors, including mining and mass tourism, alongside the industrialisation of many traditional livelihoods, such as fishing and forestry, are driving land use conflicts between competing sectors, and producing profound transformations on lives and communities at the economic, socio-cultural, political and environmental levels.

The ArcticHubs Project is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary international collaboration that aims to develop research-led, practice-based solutions to the urgent challenges faced in the Arctic

ArcticHubs brings together 22 partners in eleven different countries all around the Arctic region, from Canada to Russia. Its partners are drawn from universities and research institutes; the NGO, public and private sectors; and civil society.

At the heart of the project’s pioneering approach are the 22 ‘hubs’ – representative locations across the Arctic, where participatory and collaborative methodologies will be employed to observe the impacts of economic activities, and to build solution-orientated tools for reconciling new economic opportunities with traditional livelihoods and solving land-use conflicts between different sectors.

The ArcticHubs project will work with local, national, regional and global stakeholders, including Arctic communities, industrial stakeholders, policy makers and others, to make a major contribution to the long-term sustainability and resilience of the region – its environment, communities, and new and existing industries and livelihoods.

Key outputs of the project will include tools for building collaborative and consensual approaches to land and resource use. Tools such as public participatory geographical information systems, guidelines for ‘social licence to operate’, and the building of future scenarios for the Arctic, will be trialled and implemented in collaboration with stakeholders in the 22 hubs. In addition to ‘fish farming’, ‘forestry’, ‘tourism’, ‘mining’ and ‘indigenous’ hubs inside the Arctic, four external ‘learning’ hubs, located in Canada, Austria and Italy, will provide points for comparison and control with the Arctic cases.

ArcticHubs is coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland

Its partners are:

Finland: University of Lapland; Mapita Ltd; Reindeer Herders’ Association; Sámi Education Institute

Sweden: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Luleå University of Technology; Grans Sameby

Norway: NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS; Magma Geopark AS; Norwegian Institute for Nature Research; Nofima; Rogaland County Council

Iceland: Hólar University/Háskólinn á Hólum

Russia: Kola Science Centre

UK: TouchTD Ltd

Austria: Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien

Italy: University of Turin

Greenland: Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Faroe Islands: University of the Faroe Islands

Canada: Dalhousie University




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Pasi Rautio


National Resources Institute Finland


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Vigdis Nygaard


Stakeholder Engagement Task Group


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Jonathan Karkut

Touch TD

Communications and Dissemination Task Group


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Ivana Zivojinovic


Policy Advice Task Group


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Jerbelle Elomina


Policy Advice Task Group


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Seija Tuulentie

Luke, Finland

Stakeholder Engagement Task Group


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Corine Davids


Data Management Task Group

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Stefania Cardinale

Touch TD

Communications and Dissemination Task Group

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Leena Suopajärvi

University of Lapland

Policy Advice

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Per Sandström


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