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.
A multidisciplinary take on Arctic Research
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:
Projected effects of natural resources becoming more accessible as a consequence of melting ice mass
Changes in the spreading of disease
Altered social, economic and cultural conditions for populations and Indigenous peoples.
Arctic Research Centre (Arcum)
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.
Vaartoe - Centre for Sami Research
The Sami flag and the Swedish flag at the Umeå University main campus.
The research is focusing on the effects of climate and environmental changes in Arctic and alpine ecosystems.
Mio Isenrot is a student at the Nature Guide Programme in Kiruna.
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.
Peter Sköld, professor at Umeå University and chair of the board for the University of the Arctic.
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.