Mistra Arctic Futures in a Global Context

Mistra Arctic Futures in a Global Context is a research programme comprised of five projects rooted in the social sciences and humanities. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) has allocated 38 million Swedish Crowns in investment capital to this programme for the period 2011 through 2013, with the aim of creating a broad and robust knowledge base, powerful and flexible analytical tools, and an insightful dialogue regarding the future of the Arctic.

Projects

Arctic Futures

Arctic Futures is a project dedicated to research into the security and international politics of the Arctic. As changes in the region bring new opportunities and challenges, SIPRI aims to produce knowledge beneficial to the continued peaceful and cooperative development of the Arctic.

Arctic Games

The aim of the Arctic Games project is to support decision-making by developing an analytical framework for identifying sustainable options for governing the utilization of natural resources in the Arctic. The framework integrates game theory, studies of environmental governance, economic valuation of ecosystem services and cost-benefit analysis.

Assessing Arctic Futures

In the project Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources and Governance, we are analyzing past projections of the region’s future in order to better understand the Arctic futures scenarios that are continuously being produced today. This research is intended to reveal processes through which certain – but not all – voices are heard, and from those processes to derive tools that allow us to listen more carefully and act more wisely.

From Resource Hinterland to Global Pleasure Periphery?

In the project Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources and Governance, we are analyzing past projections of the region’s future in order to better understand the Arctic futures scenarios that are continuously being produced today. This research is intended to reveal processes through which certain – but not all – voices are heard, and from those processes to derive tools that allow us to listen more carefully and act more wisely.

Preparing for and Responding to Disturbance

Researchers engaged in the project Preparing for and Responding to Disturbance: Arctic lessons for Sweden are analyzing the development of policy and crisis preparedness on issues that are expected to become increasingly important as a result of climate change and/or increasing globalization in northern areas. How do different northern countries respond to forest pest outbreaks and storms? How can the forest industry deal with economic crisis? And how do municipalities respond to increased risk of flooding? Through comparative studies in Sweden, Finland and Canada, our researchers aim to draw lessons that will help Sweden to improve its preparedness for impending changes in the Arctic.

Contact

Address:

Polarforskningssekretariatet
Mistra Arctic Futures
Box 50003
104 05 Stockholm
office@polar.se

Telephone:

Tel: +46 8-450 25 00
Fax: +46 8-450 25 99