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

Arctic Governance research group

Tel. +358 (0) 404844298 (3107)

e-mail: astepien(at)
Arctic Centre

Twitter: @adamlapland 

See also researcher's profile at LaCRIS portal

PhD research project (ongoing)

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

Research interests

  • Arctic regional governance;
  • the European Union's role and policies in the Arctic;
  • cross-sectoral policymaking and policy coherence;
  • minority and Indigenous Peoples' rights and issues;
  • international movement of Indigenous Peoples;
  • development aid (minorities and Indigenous Peoples);
  • 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.



Recent academic activities at LaCRIS portal


[Publication and research outputs at LaCRIS portal]

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • Chuffart, R., Raspotnik, A., & Stępień, A. (2021). Our common arctic? A more sustainable EU-arctic nexus in light of the European green deal. The Polar Journal, 1-19. 
  • Stepien, Adam and Timo Koivurova (2020). "Finnish Lapland: From Finnish Periphery to a Central Arctic Actor?" In: Thomas S. Axworthy, Emily Tsui, Sara French (eds.), Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Government in International Affairs, mosaic press.
  • Raspotnik, Andreas and Adam Stępień (2020), "The European Union and the Arctic: A Decade into Finding its Arcticness", In: Joachim Weber and (eds.), Handbook on Arctic geopolitics and security. Springer. 
  • Stepien, Adam, Liisa Kauppila, Sanna Kopra, Juha Käpylä, Marc Lanteigne,  Harri Mikkola and Matti Nojonen (2020), "China’s economic presence in the Arctic: realities, expectations and concerns", In: Timo Koivurova and Sanna Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Stepien, Adam, Timo Koivurova, Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola and Matti Nojonen (2020), "Chinese-Finnish economic relations within the Arctic context: hopes and disappointments", In: Timo Koivurova and Sanna Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Sanna Kopra, Marc Lanteigne, Matti Nojonen, Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek, and Adam Stepien (2020), "China’s Arctic policy", In: Timo Koivurova and Sanna Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Kopra, Sanna, Karoliina Hurri, Liisa Kauppila, Adam Stepien, and Yulia Yamineva (2020), "China, climate change and the Arctic environment", In: Timo Koivurova and Sanna Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Sanna Kopra, Marc Lanteigne and Adam Stepien (2020), "Conclusion: China’s policy and presence in the Arctic", In: Timo Koivurova and Sanna Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Sebastien Duyck, Malgorzata Śmieszek and Adam Stępień (2018), "In What Way the Arctic Council can Contribute to the Achievement of UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals?", In: Law and Governance: Emerging Issues of the Polar Regions. Xue, G. & He, L. (eds.). Beijing: China University of Political Science and Law Press, pp. 46-58.
  • Stepien, Adam (2017), "Incentives, Practices and Opportunities for Arctic External Actors' Engagement with Indigenous Peoples: China and the European Union", In: Timo Koivurova, Tianbao Qin, Sébastien Duyck and Tapio Nykänen (eds.) Arctic Law and Governance: The Role of China and Finland. Hart Publishing. 
  • Stępień, Adam and Timo Koivurova (2017), "Formulating a Cross-cutting Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Effective EU Arctic Policy-making", In: Nengye Liu, Elizabeth A,. Kirk and Tore Henriksen (eds.), The European Union and the Arctic, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston pp. 11-39.
  • Koivurova, Timo, Tianbao Qin, Adam Stepien, Sébastien Duyck and Tapio Nykänen (2017), "Introduction", In: Timo Koivurova, Tianbao Qin, Sébastien Duyck and Tapio Nykänen (eds.) Arctic Law and Governance: The Role of China and Finland. Hart Publishing. 
  • Graczyk, Piotr, Malgorzata Smieszek, Timo Koivurova and Adam Stepien, (2017), "Preparing for the Global Rush: The Arctic Council, Institutional Norms, and Socialisation of Observer Behaviour" in: Kathrin Keil andSebastian Knecht (eds.) Governing Arctic Change: Global Perspectives, Palgrave/Macmillan..
  • Śmieszek,Małgorzata, Adam Stępień, Paula Kankaanpää (2017), "The recent Arctic Council assessments: Influential tools in policy-making in the Council and beyond?", Yearbook of Polar Law 8 (2016).
  • 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

  • Stępień, Adam, Timo Koivurova and Paula Kankaanpää (eds.) (2016). The Changing Arctic and the European Union. Brill/Nijhoff. [the volume is based on the Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic report].
    • Adam Stępień co-authored following chapters in this volume: "Introduction: Understanding Arctic Change through Assessments and Stakeholder Engagement" (pp. 1-19); "The Making of a Coherent Arctic Policy for the European Union: Anxieties, Contradictions and Possible Future Pathways" (pp. 20-56); "Climate Change in the Arctic" (pp. 57-80); "Changes in Arctic Maritime Transport" (pp. 81-114); "Mining in the European Arctic" (pp. 163-185); "Activities Affecting Land Use in the European Arctic" (pp. 186-212); "Socioeconomic and Cultural Changes in the European Arctic" (pp. 213-242); "Role and Effectiveness of Assessments in Policy-making: On the Importance of the Process" (pp. 296-316); "Conclusion: The Region of Uncertainty – Arctic Change and Possible Pathways for the EU" (pp. 317-330).
  • Łuszczuk, Michał, Piotr Graczyk, Adam Stępień and Małgorzata Smieszek. (2015). Cele i narzędzia polskiej polityki arktycznej [The goals and instruments of Polish Arctic policy]. (English summary, p. 233). Warszawa, PL: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of European Policy.
  • Alfredsson, Gudmundur, Timo Koivurova and Adam Stepien (eds.) (2013). The Yearbook of Polar Law, Volume 5, Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 
  • Koivurova, Timo and Adam Stepien (eds.) (2008), Reforming Mining Law in a Changing, World, with Special Reference to Finland, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

Reports (and chapters therein)

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