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Law & Governance

Here you find a number of different areas with associated researcher who in different ways are engaged in research about law and governance in the Arctic area.

Arctic Council

Carina Keskitalo

E. Carina H. Keskitalo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography, Umeå University, Sweden.

Her work has focused on the politics of the development of the Arctic as an international region, and on environmental policy and climate change adaptation in a comparative context. Keskitalo was the research coordinator for Sweden's first Arctic social sciences and humanities research programme, the Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development programme, and for the PLURAL programme on the changing forest owner role.

Douglas Nord

Douglas Nord is associated as guest professor to the Department of Political Science. 

Douglas has for many years worked with the Arctic Council, and is currently writing a book about the Arctic Council.

Legal systems

Monica Burman

Law, gender and society is the core in my research of men’s violence against women. The ambition with my research is to pinpoint how laws are connected with power structures in society [...]

for an example gender and racism, and how understanding and handling of the violence can change.

I lead a project about violence against Sámi women which reviews how the state and the Sámi society takes responsibility in the question. I also participate in a crossdisciplinary project about violence against women as a public health issue and research healthcare’s preparedness and management.

I am one of two chief editors for the open access journal Nordic Journal on Law and Society and hold a seat on the national board for Rädda Barnen.

Niklas Eklund

Niklas Eklund is Associate professor at Department of Political Science  and vice director of the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.

He does research about Arctic security questions, international relations, leadership and governance.

Åsa Yttergren

Åsa Yttergren is Associate Professor at the Umeå Centre for Gender studies (UCGS).

She has studied justice politics, feminism and trafficking.

Local and regional governance

Therese Bjärstig

Therese Bjärstig is associate Professor in Political science and researches natural resource- and environmental governance, foremostly connected to sparsely populated- and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on different forms of cooperation and collaboration between different business interests and actors with the purpose of reaching sustainable solutions. The conditions for this emanate from tools like planning and participation. Her research takes place mostly in the forestry sector, with ongoing studies on key biotopes and multi-use. Other themes in her research is the social value of forests, winder power, municipal planning, rural development, innovation within the farming sector, equality within wildlife management and follow up studies/evaluations within several of these areas. Therese has in many of her projects worked both cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary with researchers from other scientific disciplines, and also in close collaborations with practitioners and stakeholders.

Dorothee Bohn

In my PhD thesis, I focus on multi-scalar tourism governance and regional development in the European Arctic. I am particularly interested in the [...]

 

I am a part of the research project “Climate Change and the Double Amplification of Arctic Tourism: Challenges and Potential Solutions for Tourism and Sustainable Development in an Arctic Context”.

This research initiative analyses how local and regional government, industry and community stakeholders in Arctic Sweden tackle challenges and opportunities related to tourism, globalization and climate change and what future development they aspire.

In my PhD thesis, I focus on multi-scalar tourism governance and regional development in the European Arctic. I am particularly interested in the spatial and social outcomes of EU funding policies in the region.  

Christine Hudson

Christine Hudson is Professor at Department of Political Science.

She has amongst other things done research on place identity, gender, governance and urban planning.

Carina Keskitalo

E. Carina H. Keskitalo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography, Umeå University, Sweden.

Her work has focused on the politics of the development of the Arctic as an international region, and on environmental policy and climate change adaptation in a comparative context. Keskitalo was the research coordinator for Sweden's first Arctic social sciences and humanities research programme, the Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development programme, and for the PLURAL programme on the changing forest owner role.

Anna Zachrisson

Anna studies natural resource- and environmental governance, particularly connected to sparesly populated and rural areas in the Arctic.

She focuses on conflic situations where different business interests and agents have different interests, and how these can be handled on different administrative levels with the help of different governance forms, to contribute to sustainable development. Governance is about, for an example planning, cooperative governance and participation. Thematically her research encompasses mining, wind power, tourism, environmental care and ecological restoration, and to some degree farming and hunting. Anna works firstly and foremost in cross- and transdisciplinary research projects where scientists of different disciplines cooperate close to the affected agents.

Styrning handlar om t ex planering, samförvaltning och deltagande. Tematiskt omfattar hennes forskning gruvbrytning, vindkraft, turism, naturvård och ekologisk restaurering samt i viss mån jordbruk och jakt. Anna arbetar framför allt i tvär- och transdisciplinära forskningsprojekt där forskare från olika discipliner samarbetar nära med olika aktörer