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Natural Resources & Energy

Here you find a number of different areas with associated researchers who in different ways are engaged in research about natural resources and energy in the Arctic region.

Resource conflicts

Christine Godeau

My research interest are interdisciplinary.

Focused on land use change driven by green energy transition, reindeer herding and indigenous- and gender perspectives.

Göran Bostedt

Senior lecturer in economics, at the Umeå School of Business and Economics, USBE, and associate professor in resource economics at the Dept. of Forest Economics, SLU.

Also part-time research leader at Várdduo, Umeå University’s center for Sami research. Active at CERE, the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, which consists of researchers from both SLU and Umeå University.

Research interests include natural resource conflicts in arctic environments, with focus on the conflict between forestry and reindeer husbandry. Another strain of research has been conflicts from growing carnivore populations, where my research has been focused both on costs for livestock owners, non-market benefits of these carnivore populations, and the Swedish system for compensations for carnivore damages, where the latter can be seen as a variant of a PES (Payments for Environmental Services) system. I have also done work on transaction costs in the mandatory consultations between reindeer husbandry and forestry representatives. My research on policy analysis also extends to spatial planning of forest landscapes to promote a more sustainable and diverse management of forests.

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.

Camilla Sandström

Camilla Sandström is Professor at the Department of Political Science.

Her research areas include wildlife management, environmental governance, resource conflict with Sámi perspectives and forestry policies.

Kristina Sehlin Macneil

Kristina Sehlin MacNeil is since July 25 2017 employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Vaartoe - Centre for Sami Research.

Her postdoc project builds on her PhD research where she examined conflicts and power relations between extractive industries and Indigenous peoples and where she introduced the concept of Extractive Violence, in order to describe how extractivism can affect Indigenous communities. Sehlin MacNeil's research focuses on asymmetric conflicts and power relations that exist between these parties and explores how cultural, structural and extractive violence impact on Indigenous communities. She has primarily worked together with Indigenous communities in Sweden and Australia, as well as Canada more recently. 

Apart from this Kristina Sehlin MacNeil teaches as much as time allows and is also the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College (FADC).

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

Åsa Össbo

Åsa Össbo is a researcher at Várdduo – Centre for Sámi Research, with a current research project called “Damage Done. Indigenous peoples' experiences of and [...]

recommendations for energy production” funded by the Swedish Energy Agency 2019-2022.

In 2014, Åsa concluded a dissertation in history on Swedish Hydropower expansion in Sápmi and have since then worked as a lecturer at Sámi Dutkan - Sámi studies at the Language department for one year and worked as a research co-ordinator and Postdoctoral researcher at Várdduo. In addition to ongoing research, Åsa is the convenor of the Forest Sámi research platform, a group of researchers and actors with an aim to rise the awareness of Forest Sámi research questions. In 2020, on the 100 years anniversary, the platform will re-publish the important Forest Sámi pamphlet "Dat läh mijen situd" (Eng: This is our will) written by forest Sámi teacher and politician Karin Stenberg and author Valdemar Lindholm, the book will be accompanied by an anthology with articles on Karin Stenberg, Valdemar Lindholm and Forest Sámi issues.

Åsa’s research interests are: Indigenous peoples' historical and contemporary land use with a certain focus on the Arctic, social consequences of and conflicts over natural resource extraction, mainly hydropower production, in Indigenous peoples' areas.

Fuel

Venkata Krishna Kumar Upadhyayula

Krishna Kumar is an assistant professor at Department of Chemistry.

Krishna is part of the SRI-platform (Sustainable Resources and Innovation Platform) which works with system-analysis in questions of sustainability and land use.

Erik Steinvall

Erik Steinvall is affiliated as research student at Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

He is involved in TEC-Lab (Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory) which researches thermochemical energy conversion, mainly focusing on biomass but also on other solid and liquid fuels.

Forestry

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.

Louise Eriksson

Louise is a researcher in environmental psychology focusing on people’s attitudes and behaviours with implications on the environment and natural resource management.

The interaction between physical as well as social characteristics of the context people live in is key to understand different groups’ attitudes and behaviours. In much of Louise’s empirical work, Nordic conditions interact with human dimensions and her research thus covers the individual level of arctic research. 

Per-Anders Esseen

Per-Anders is Professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

My research aims to understand how forest dynamics, forestry and climate change affect lichens in boreal forest canopies.

Göran Bostedt

Senior lecturer in economics, at the Umeå School of Business and Economics, USBE, and associate professor in resource economics at the Dept. of Forest Economics, SLU.

Also part-time research leader at Várdduo, Umeå University’s center for Sami research. Active at CERE, the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, which consists of researchers from both SLU and Umeå University.

Research interests include natural resource conflicts in arctic environments, with focus on the conflict between forestry and reindeer husbandry. Another strain of research has been conflicts from growing carnivore populations, where my research has been focused both on costs for livestock owners, non-market benefits of these carnivore populations, and the Swedish system for compensations for carnivore damages, where the latter can be seen as a variant of a PES (Payments for Environmental Services) system. I have also done work on transaction costs in the mandatory consultations between reindeer husbandry and forestry representatives. My research on policy analysis also extends to spatial planning of forest landscapes to promote a more sustainable and diverse management of forests.

Stig-Olof Holm

Stig-Olof Holm is an associate professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

I am teaching on courses that deals with ecology and the questions about how a sustainable society will be formed. Example of courses are: Sustainable forest management, Wildlife biology and management, Alpine ecology, Ecosystems,
Ecology and biodiversity, Agriculture and animal welfare.

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.

Mats-Olov Olsson

Mats-Olof Olsson is associated to the Centre for Regional Science at Umeå University.

He has amongst other things written the historical books Encyclopedia of the Barents Region, together with Fredrik Backman and Björn Norlin.

Örjan Pettersson

Örjan Pettersson is associate professor at the Department of Geography.

He researches, amongst other things, tourism, rural societies, forestry and land use.

Janina Priebe

I am a postdoc researcher in the interdisciplinary project [...]

"Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up for constructive climate change pathways in local contexts", funded by Formas. My research in this project deals with transdisciplinary research methods, historical perspectives on societal transformations toward sustainability and local climate change pathways. 

Elsa Reimerson

I am a teacher and researcher in political science with a particular focus on environmental politics, conservation, and Indigenous peoples in the Sámi and Nordic parts of the Arctic.

My PhD thesis explored Indigenous peoples' space for political agency in the governance and management of protected areas, with a particular focus on Sápmi on the Swedish and Norwegian sides. 2018-2021 I primarily work within the research project Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up for constructive climate change pathways in local contexts, an interdisciplinary collaborative project that aims to explore ways to make anthropogenic climate change relevant for people in urban and rural contexts, enable development of optional pathways, and develop measures tailored to face climate change challenges on local levels.

Camilla Sandström

Camilla Sandström is Professor at the Department of Political Science.

Her research areas include wildlife management, environmental governance, resource conflict with Sámi perspectives and forestry policies.

Anna Sténs

Anna Sténs is Research fellow (absent) at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, at the unit for history. 

She studies land rights in the relation to forestry.

Hydropower

Christer Nilsson

Christer Nilsson is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University and [...]

a Senior Adviser at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies at SLU.

My research deals with organism dispersal and its importance for biodiversity, ecological effects of river regulation and climate change as well as restoration ecology. The studies are focused on boreal and Arctic systems.

Åsa Össbo

Åsa Össbo is a researcher at Várdduo – Centre for Sámi Research, with a current research project called “Damage Done. Indigenous peoples' experiences of and [...]

recommendations for energy production” funded by the Swedish Energy Agency 2019-2022.

In 2014, Åsa concluded a dissertation in history on Swedish Hydropower expansion in Sápmi and have since then worked as a lecturer at Sámi Dutkan - Sámi studies at the Language department for one year and worked as a research co-ordinator and Postdoctoral researcher at Várdduo. In addition to ongoing research, Åsa is the convenor of the Forest Sámi research platform, a group of researchers and actors with an aim to rise the awareness of Forest Sámi research questions. In 2020, on the 100 years anniversary, the platform will re-publish the important Forest Sámi pamphlet "Dat läh mijen situd" (Eng: This is our will) written by forest Sámi teacher and politician Karin Stenberg and author Valdemar Lindholm, the book will be accompanied by an anthology with articles on Karin Stenberg, Valdemar Lindholm and Forest Sámi issues.

Åsa’s research interests are: Indigenous peoples' historical and contemporary land use with a certain focus on the Arctic, social consequences of and conflicts over natural resource extraction, mainly hydropower production, in Indigenous peoples' areas.

Mining

Hanna Blåhed

Political scientist with a master’s degree in Public Health.

Holds an interest in Arctic health. At present working with a Health Impact Assessment regarding the potential mine establishment in Gállok/Kallak which connects to Indigenous health.

Sofia Karlsson

Within my thesis project I study the Swedish crisis medicine preparedness for large accidents in underground mines.

In Sweden, the nine Swedish underground mines are localized to the northern and middle parts of the country. The mines’ subarctic geographical location means that there is a limited amount of available emergency response units, as well as relatively long travel times in cold climates.

All three organizations (mine, emergency response and ambulance) play a major part in the implementation of the rescue scenario. A scenario below ground means long, dark, cold and often moist environments, where emergency personnel need to navigate an environment which is tough to overview. The mining crews have knowledge of the inaccessible environment as well access to resources which are needed in these scenarios. Emergency personnel can perform carry through the rescue below ground in collaboration with the mining crews, with paramedics taking care of the injured. Collaboration is thereby a leading word of my thesis project.

Kristina Sehlin Macneil

Kristina Sehlin MacNeil is since July 25 2017 employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Vaartoe - Centre for Sami Research.

Her postdoc project builds on her PhD research where she examined conflicts and power relations between extractive industries and Indigenous peoples and where she introduced the concept of Extractive Violence, in order to describe how extractivism can affect Indigenous communities. Sehlin MacNeil's research focuses on asymmetric conflicts and power relations that exist between these parties and explores how cultural, structural and extractive violence impact on Indigenous communities. She has primarily worked together with Indigenous communities in Sweden and Australia, as well as Canada more recently. 

Apart from this Kristina Sehlin MacNeil teaches as much as time allows and is also the Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College (FADC).

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

Wind power

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.

Örjan Pettersson

Örjan Pettersson is associate professor at the Department of Geography.

He researches, amongst other things, tourism, rural societies, forestry and land use.

Jun Yu

I and Professor Patrik Eklund at the department of computer science are co-applicants from Botnia-Atlantica within the [...]

project WindCoE Nordic Wind Energy Center. The center is aiming to combine the forces of national research units in order to increase the share of wind power onto grid. The goal is to create tools that are beneficial for the sustainable development of wind power.

Earlier, I have also been working in the MISTRA project "Remote Sensing for Environment" and a number of related projects when I was working at SLU.

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

Resource sustainability

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.

Madeleine Eriksson

Madeleine Eriksson is associate professor at the Department of Geography.

My research has evolved around two different but related themes; the representations of the rural and the urban with focus on the northern periphery and urban regeneration, and the disciplining of labour migrants to the Swedish forest berry industry. One important element in my research is the study of representations of 'the other' in relation to, discourses of globalisation, new forms of mobility and different social categories such as gender, race and class. I also stress the inseparability of economic processes from the political, social, historical, and geographic contexts which give them meaning and which may contribute to, or resist, geographies of uneven development.

Venkata Krishna Kumar Upadhyayula

Krishna Kumar is an assistant professor at Department of Chemistry.

Krishna is part of the SRI-platform (Sustainable Resources and Innovation Platform) which works with system-analysis in questions of sustainability and land use.

Elsa Reimerson

I am a teacher and researcher in political science with a particular focus on environmental politics, conservation, and Indigenous peoples in the Sámi and Nordic parts of the Arctic.

My PhD thesis explored Indigenous peoples' space for political agency in the governance and management of protected areas, with a particular focus on Sápmi on the Swedish and Norwegian sides. 2018-2021 I primarily work within the research project Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up for constructive climate change pathways in local contexts, an interdisciplinary collaborative project that aims to explore ways to make anthropogenic climate change relevant for people in urban and rural contexts, enable development of optional pathways, and develop measures tailored to face climate change challenges on local levels.

Erik Steinvall

Erik Steinvall is affiliated as research student at Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

He is involved in TEC-Lab (Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory) which researches thermochemical energy conversion, mainly focusing on biomass but also on other solid and liquid fuels.

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