The Global Change Research Group studies the impacts on increasing economic activities on the ecology, environment and societies in the Arctic. This research group focusing on natural sciences the climate change is also analyzed with the help of glaciology and mathematical modelling.
The Sustainable Development Research Group has two research teams: Northern political economy and Northern communities, Northern possibilities. Together these two teams, focusing on social sciences, study politics of local and indigenous everyday life, as issues of identity, adaptation and resilience in the face of multiple and complex changes in the Arctic.
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law carries out research in the international treaties and statutes concerning the Arctic as well as land law and environmental law relating to the Arctic indigenous peoples.
The Anthropology research team studies how human groups across the Arctic are culturally similar or diverse. In particular, the ways in which shared human practices, values, worldviews, institutions and economic forms lead to identification of people with groups. Themes include human-animal-environment relations, Arctic peoples and industrial development, space, landscape and mobility in the North, movement and emplacement, and oral history.
The Arctic Governance groups aim is to render complexity of Arctic governance more transparent and provide policy-makers, scholars and other actors with a more holistic knowledge-base to make better informed and more responsible decisions.