Aims and activities
The PhD programme offers the possibilities for students to travel to other Universities throughout the Arctic to take supplemental courses to existing PhD programmes at the collaborating universities. These supplemental courses will be created jointly by the collaborating Universities and will be based on the specific competences each host University contributes to the programme.
The supplemental courses provides (and encourages) professors to be mobile and to team teach at other Universities as well as collaborate on new research projects and publications in the field of Arctic Extractive Industries. Similarly, students from the participating Universities are able to choose from the list of supplemental courses provided throughout the participating Arctic Universities. These courses are also open to the wider University of Arctic students as well as students at the PhD level more generally.
Creating a competent workforce cannot be done by Universities alone and requires strong collaboration between education/research, private actors and government. As such, there will also be close collaboration with existing industry and NGO networks (including indigenous organisations, with the expectation to expand this network). Collaboration on funding aims to include: PhD scholarships, dissertations, funding extra seminars and workshops programme travel money for research and future workshops, as well as job recruitment.
Specifically our aim is for industry or other foundations to fund a certain number of 4 year PhD positions in Arctic extractive industries according to a call for proposals formulated by the Board of Governors in cooperation with the Extractive Industries Working Group (EIWG) of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, funders and in collaboration with the University of the Arctic. Student applications would be decided upon by the Board of Governors and a board of supervisors comprised of the collaborating institutions.
The collaborating Universities jointly trains the students in the field of Extractive Industries. The programme is theory driven and based on the research of participating faculty and broader research from relevant fields (e.g. anthropology, global governance, business studies, economics, law). Students would be required to attend courses in all participating institutions to a certain extent and the collaborating Universities will agree to accept credits from all participating institutions.
Throughout the PhD period students will meet for annual grad school seminars. Assignments include mandatory participation in several meaningful conferences to choose from and agreed with by the supervisors and collaborating institutions (e.g. Arctic Dialogue, Arctic Frontiers, Jokkmokk Winter conference, International Congress of Arctic Social Scientists, Calotte Academy).
Dissertations will be defended and degrees will be awarded by participant institutions, which will include a certificate in Arctic Extractive Industries awarded by the University of the Arctic.
Quality control is guaranteed by student enrolment and awarding of PhD’s. The Thematic Network’s quality will also be judged and determined by the quality of student dissertations as well as the research and projects organised and carried out by the participating faculty.