Stepien, Adam
Researcher (Arctic Centre), PhD candidate (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland)

Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law and Arctic Doctoral Programme, ARKTIS

Tel. +358 (0) 404844298 (3107)

e-mail: astepien(at)
room 56-12, Arctic Centre

PhD research project (ongoing):

  • The European Union's Arctic policy as a region-focused coherence-making practice.

Research interests

  • Arctic regional governance
  • The European Union's role and policies in the Arctic
  • minority and indigenous rights and issues;
  • international movement of indigenous peoples;
  • development aid;
  • experiential knowledge transfer, diffusion and translation;
  • trans-border cooperation and integration of partitioned ethnic groups;
  • political development and cooperation in the Arctic and Baltic region;
  • integrated strategic impact assessments.

Teaching (University of Lapland)




Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • Stępień, Adam. (2015). “Internal Contradictions and External Anxieties: One ‘Coherent’ Arctic Policy for the European Union", Yearbook of Polar Law, Volume 7 (2015), pp. 249-289.
  • Stepien, Adam, Anna Petrétei and Timo Koivurova (2015),“Sami Parliaments as the institutionalization of indigenous self-determination and autonomy? Legal framework and practice”, in Tove Malloy, Alexander Osipov and Balazs Vizi (eds.) Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy. Oxford University Press.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Paula Kankaanpää and Adam Stepien (2015), "Innovative Environmental Protection: Lessons from the Arctic", Journal of Environmental Law 27(2): 285-311.
  • Sarkki, Simo, Kirsi Latola, Mikko Jokinen and Adam Stepien (2014), "Socio-Natural Capital for Sustainable Land Use in Fennoscandia", Arctic Yearbook 2014, pp. 307-323.
  • Stepien, Adam, Timo Koivurova, Anna Gremsperger, Henna Niemi (2014). “Arctic Indigenous Peoples and the Challenge of Climate Change”. In: Elizabeth Tedsen, Sandra Cavalieri, R. Andreas Kraemer, Arctic Marine Governance: Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation , pp. 71-99, Berlin: Springer.
  • Stepien, Adam (2013), “Rola ludów rdzennych w budowaniu Arktyki jako region politycznego” [The role of indigenous peoples in constructing the Arctic as a political region]. In Michał Łuszczuk (ed), Arktyka na początku XXI wieku: Między współpracą a rywalizacją [The Arctic at the beginning of the 21st century: Between cooperation and competition], Lublin: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press, ISBN 978-83-7784-311-6, pp. 373-398 (in Polish).
  • Stepien, Adam (2012), “Pan-Saami cooperation: Towards a Trans-border polity,” In: E. Nowicka (ed.) “The Politics of Culture. Perspectives in stateless nationalities/ethic groups,” Warsaw University Press, pp. 236-254.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Kai Kokko, Sebastien Duyck, Nikolas Sellheim, and Adam Stepien (2012), “The present and future competence of the European Union in the Arctic", Polar Record 48(4): 361-371.
  • Stepien, Adam (2011) “Arctic Indigenous Peoples influencing Danish and Norwegian Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples in the Global South. Ideas and actors.” Yearbook of Polar Law, Volume 3 (2011): 297-342.
  • Koivurova, Timo and Adam Stepien (2011), “How International Law Has Influenced the National Policy and Law Related to Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic?” Waikato Law Review 19 (2011): 123-143.
  • Stepien, Adam (2009) “Egység és szakadás között. Pánszámi együttm?ködés az északi országokban és Oroszországban” [“Between unity and division: Pan-Saami cooperation in Nordic States and Russia”], Pro Minoritate, Autumn 2009, pp. 74-95.
  • Tervo, Henna, Kamrul Hossain, and Adam Stepien (2009), “Illegal Immigration by Sea as a Challenge to the Maritime Border Security of the European Union with a Special Focus on Maritime Surveillance Systems”, in: T. Koivurova et al. (eds) Understanding and Strengthening European Union-Canada Relations in Law of the Sea and Ocean Governance, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

Edited volumes

Reports (and chapters therein)

Non-peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and popularized articles