The Arctic region and its challenges is a highly prioritized area of interest for Umeå University. Our wide range of subject expertise is something that sets us apart among Arctic universities.
Northern Sweden, Sápmi and the Arctic region are undergoing massive changes regarding culture, climate, health and living conditions.
The geographical position of Umeå University provides us with unique opportunities to contribute with new knowledge of global importance.
At Umeå University, prominent Arctic research is conducted within all our scientific fields: medicine, the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
Important research questions covered include:
The Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (Arcum) was founded in 2012. The centre provides structure, coordination and strategic direction to Umeå University's wide and diverse network of researchers in the Arctic field. So far, more than 300 researchers are affiliated with Arcum, as the center offers excellent collaboration opportunities.
Umeå University is housing Sweden's only centre for Sami research: Vaartoe. Founded in 2000, the centre works to initiate and coordinate research in Sápmi, on Sami culture, society, history and language.
Vaartoe is working in close relationship with Sami institution and organizations to further research based knowledge on Sami issues.
Umeå University's Climate Impact Research Centre (CIRC) is permanently based at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, 250 km inside the Arctic Circle near the northern tip of Sweden.
The research is focusing on the effects of climate and evironmental changes in Arctic and alpine ecosystems.
Umeå University are giving several courses at undergraduate and Master's level in Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city, and in Abisko.
On several programmes, students can chose to deepen their Arctic perspectives though elective courses.
Umeå University is a long-time member of the North2North student exchange programme, together with universities in Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Canada, the United States, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Russia.
Arctic Science A (4,5 Credits, Bachelor's level)
Arctic Ecosystems (15 Credits, Master's level)
Arctic Geoecology (15 Credits, Master's level)
Collaborative Environmental Governance in the Arctic (15 credits, Mater's level)
The Imagined Arctic (7,5 Credits, Master's level, web-based)
As one of the largest universities globally in the Arctic region, Umeå University plays an active role in cooperative network The University of The Arctic.
The Arctic Five is a partnership between five Arctic universities in Sweden, Finland and Norway. By joining forces, the five partner universities aim to lead the way in Arctic issues. A strategic objective for the Artic Five alliance is to apply for and achieve the status of European University.
The Abisko research station is popular among researchers from all over the world for studying climate change.
Maja Sundqvist is studying nature in a slow-changing climate by using natural variations in altitude.
Researchers Doris and Dean Carson challenge the traditional view of the hinterland through their research.
Indigenous peoples' health is generally worse, still Swedish law prohibits ethnicity comparisons.
Due to climate change, known and unknown infectious diseases lie in wait, and communities must be prepared.
What is the Arctic? Opinions differ. But Västerbotten counts as the Swedish Arctic.
Jan Karlsson, Professor of Natural Geography, studies impacts of climate change on the biogeochemistry and ecology of high latitude aquatic ecosystems. Film: The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation