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Peter Sköld

I am professor in history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University. Since 2012 I am exexcutive director at the Arctic Research Center.  

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Affiliated as other position at Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (Arcum) Role: Director

I am professor of history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University, Sweden. Since 2012 I am director at the Centre for Arctic Research (ARCUM), before that I was director at the Centre for Sami Research for twelve years.

My research profile includes Arctic sustainable development, historical demography, population statistics, indigenous health transitions and northern cultures. I have published monographies on various such as indigenous land use, hospital history, smallpox and vaccination and population statistics, and was one of the authors of Arctic Human Development Report II.

I have an active engagement in Arctic research planning, in stakeholder cooperation, and international collaboration. I am chair of the Board of Governors of the University of the Arctic (UArctic), and former president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), and past-chair of WG Human and Social Sciences in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), I am also Swedish delegate of Arctic Council Culture, Economy and Geography Expert Group (SECEG). I am deputy-director of the Chinese-Nordic Arctic Research Centre (CNARC). In 2015 I was appointed Honorary Consul of Västerbotten to Latvia and in 2016 I was appointed official Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten. I am currently responsible for the cooperation within the Arctic Five, including University of Lapland, University of Oulu, UIT – the Arctic University of Norway, Luleå University of Technology, and Umeå University.

I have been active in many different research areas, and have more than 500 presentations at national and international conferences, symposia and workshops behind me. In my early research career historical demography was in focus, and especially the mortality decline during the epidemiologic transition. In particular I was interested in the severe epidemic diseases, such as smallpox. This led to studies on the fantastic written sources Sweden has over its population, which resulted in a book on the Table Commission. Parallel to these studies I was also doing research on Sami history and culture, and in 2003 I was appointed director at the Sami Research Centre at Umeå University.

During the past ten years I have been occupied with arctic research in general and international cooperation in particular. As director of Arcum I together with my co-workers have established a research arena that today is one of the most extensive in the circumpolar region.

2019
The politics of Arctic resources: change and continuity in the "Old North" of Northern Europe, London: Routledge 2019 : 119-139
Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter; Röver, Corinna
2018
The Polar Journal, Routledge 2018, Vol. 8, (2) : 422-424
Sköld, Peter
2017
The Interconnected Arctic: UArctic Congress 2016, Springer 2017 : 107-113
Sköld, Peter
2016
The Lancet, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 388, (10040) : 131-157
Anderson, Ian; Robson, Bridget; Connolly, Michele; et al.
2016
A global snapshot of indigenous and tribal peoples' health: the Lancet–Lowitja Institute collaboration, Carlton South, Victoria, Australia: The Lowitja Institute 2016 : 46-47
Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter; Tano, Sofia
2016
International Journal of Circumpolar Health, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD 2016, Vol. 75 : 56-56
Bergkvist, Per Henrik; Jacobsson, Lars; Kling, Sofia; et al.
2016
Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 16 : 13-24
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Nordin, Gabriella; et al.
2016
Comparative Population Studies, Vol. 41, (3-4) : 1-29
Carson, Dean B.; Carson, Doris A.; Porter, Rob; et al.
2016
Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016 : 357-378
Carson, Dean B; Sköld, Peter; Carson, Doris A.; et al.
2015
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
2015
The new Arctic, Cham: Springer 2015 : 39-55
Sköld, Peter
2015
Under the same sun: parallel issues and mutual challenges for San and Sami peoples and research, Umeå: Vaartoe/Centre for Sami Research (CeSam), Umeå University 2015 : 51-60
Sköld, Peter
2015
City-Saami: Same i byen eller bysame? Skandinaviske byer i et samisk perspektiv, Kárášjohka: ČálliidLágádusas 2015 : 31-57
Sköld, Peter; Nordin, Gabriella
2015
Under the same sun: parallel issues and mutual challenges for San and Sami peoples and research, Umeå: Vaartoe/Centre for Sami Research (CeSam), Umeå University 2015 : 193-197
Sköld, Peter; Sandström, Moa; Bolaane, Maitseo
2015
Under the same sun: parallel issues and mutual challenges for San and Sami peoples and research, Umeå: Vaartoe/Centre for Sami Research (CeSam), Umeå University 2015 : 1-16
Sköld, Peter; Sandström, Moa; Bolaane, Maitseo
2014
Polar Geography, Vol. 37, (2) : 157-176
Nordin, Gabriella; Sköld, Peter
2014
Arctic human development report: regional processes and global linkages, Köpenhamn: Nordic Council of Ministers 2014 : 105-150
Schweitzer, Peter; Sköld, Peter; Ulturgasheva, Olga
2014
Международная конференция представителей государств - членов Арктического совета, стран - наблюдателей Арктического совета и зарубежной научной общественности: "Актуальные проблемы устойчивого развития и обеспечения безопасности в Арктике", Нарьян-Мар, 5-7 августа 2014 года = International Conference of Representatives of the States-Members of the Arctic Council, the States-Observers to the Arctic Council and the Foreign Scientific Community : Topical Problems of Sustainable Development and Security Maintenance in the Arctic, Naryan-Mar, 5-7 August, 2014, Moskow: Arctic Council Office 2014 : 104-105
Sköld, Peter
2013
Umeå 1314-2014: 100 berättelser om 700 år, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag 2013 : 321-324
Sköld, Peter
2012
The History of the Family, Routledge 2012, Vol. 17, (2) : 157-177
Nordin, Gabriella; Sköld, Peter
2012
Långa perspektiv: samisk forskning och traditionell forskning, Umeå: Centrum för samisk forskning 2012 : 7-12
Sköld, Peter
2012
Rivers to cross: Sami land use and the human dimension, Umeå: Vaartoe, Centrum för samisk forskning, Umeå universitet 2012 : 179-198
Sköld, Peter
2012
Skrifter från Centrum för samisk forskning, 18
2012
Vid foten av fjället: forskning om samernas historia och samhälle, Umeå: Centrum för samisk forskning, Umeå universitet 2012 : 7-9
Sköld, Peter
2012
Rivers to cross: Sami land use and the human dimension, Umeå: Vaartoe, Centrum för samisk forskning, Umeå universitet 2012 : 7-13
Sköld, Peter; Moen, Jon
2012
Skrifter från Centrum för samisk forskning, 16
2012
Skrifter från Centrum för samisk forskning, 17
2011
Indigenous peoples and demography: the complex relation between identity and statistics, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books 2011 : 1-14
Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter
2011
Indigenous peoples and demography: the complex relation between identity and statistics, Oxford: Berghahn Books 2011 : 295-308
Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter; Anderson, David, G.; et al.
2011
Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA): Climate Change and the Cryosphere, Oslo: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme 2011 : 4:1-4:58
Callaghan, Terry V.; Johansson, Margareta; Brown, Ross D.; et al.
2011
Ambio, Vol. 40 : 32-45
Callaghan, Terry V.; Johansson, Margareta; Brown, Ross D.; et al.
2011
Jag är same, Umeå: Västerbottens läns hembygdsförbund 2011 : 114-128
Sköld, Peter
2011
Jordbruk och skogsbruk i Sverige sedan år 1900: studier av de areella näringarnas geografi och historia, Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien 2011 : 452-467
Sköld, Peter
2011
Agriculture and forestry in Sweden since 1900: geographical and historical studies, Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien 2011 : 475-491
Sköld, Peter
2011
Global Health Action, Häggeby: Co-Action Publishing 2011, Vol. 4 : 8441-
Sköld, Peter; Axelsson, Per; Karlsson, Lena; et al.
2010
Inclusion through education and culture: Fourth Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture jointly organized with the Compostela Group of Universities, Pécs: UNeECC 2010 : 201-209
Sköld, Peter
2010
Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association 2010, Vol. 51, (5) : 10-12
Ziker, John; Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter; et al.
2009
The 26th IUSSP International Population Conference, Marrakech, 27 september-2 october 2009
Axelsson, Per; Sköld, Peter; Lena, Karlsson; et al.
2009
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society 2009, (2) : 127-129
Sköld, Peter
2009
Tvärsnitt, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet 2009, (4) : 16-19
Sköld, Peter
2009
Thule: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Årsbok 2009, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2009 : 187-2001
Sköld, Peter
2008
Looking North: Representations of Sámi in Visual Arts and Literature, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2008 : 175-183
Sköld, Peter
2008
Looking North. : Representations of Sámi in Visual Arts and Literature, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet 2008 : 165-173
Sköld, Peter
2008
Fjärde världen, Solna: Föreningen Fjärde världen 2008, Vol. 24, (3) : 22-25
Sköld, Peter
2008
Skrifter från Centrum för samisk forskning, 11
2008
International Journal of Circumpolar Health, Oulu: International Association of Circumpolar Health Publishers 2008, Vol. 67, (1) : 29-44
Sköld, Peter; Axelsson, Per
2007
Skrifter från Centrum för samisk forskning, 7
2007
Från Lars Thomassons penna: bibliografiska anteckningar 1956-2006, Umeå: Kungliga Skytteanska samfundet 2007 : 19-20
Sköld, Peter

Research projects

1 July 2005 until 30 June 2010
1 July 2005 until 30 June 2006
1 January 2004 until 30 June 2007
31 October 2002 until 31 December 2006
26 March 2002 until 31 December 2006