Northern Political Economy
The multidisciplinary Northern Political Economy (NPE) research team is one of three research teams at the Arctic Centre’s Sustainable Development Research Group. The team members are researchers at different stages of their careers from academic fields ranging from Political Science and International Relations to Sociology, Anthropology and Legal Studies. Want to get to know us better? Check out our team member profiles.
What we do
The research done in the NPE team revolves around questions of Arctic economic development and its various impacts on societies, cultures and livelihoods. We look at how northern life and development in their different forms are administered, disciplined, governed and politicized through various local, national, regional and international efforts. Among many others, our research topics include energy and climate politics, indigenous people’s rights, tourism, gender and neoliberal regionalism. Have a look at our ongoing projects and latest publications!
Word cloud of research topics
Why we do it
Sustainable development is not a neutral concept: it is intertwined with questions of politics, participation and governance. Sustainability is used as an argument to serve a wide range of differing viewpoints on how to reach certain societal and political goals. Globalization, industrialization and their various impacts make sustainability a challenge for Arctic people, communities and livelihoods. The research done by the NPE team addresses these challenges and debates.
How we do it
In addition to their research work, the NPE team members teach, participate in domestic and international conferences and events, publish their work through academic and popular channels and serve as experts and active members in different scientific positions and associations. Our team blog gives you the latest updates on our activities.
Northern Political Economy Symposium 2017: Political Arctic/Arctic Political
The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Deadline for proposals is July 31, 2017.
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