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About Várdduo

Várdduo – Centre for Sami Research is a unit at Umeå University, engaged in coordinating and initiating new research regarding Sápmi, Sami and Indigenous culture, society, history and language.

The centre was established in 2000 as a hub for researchers involved in issues of relevance to Sápmi, and as a mean to immerse Sami knowledge across the university´s various faculties. Várdduo belongs to the Faculty of Arts, yet with a mission to work across the university´s different faculties, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, as well as other national and international partners. Since its establishment, the centre has worn various names: CeSam – Centre for Sami Research, Vaartoe – Centre for Sami Research, and since 2020, Várdduo – Centre for Sami Research. Várdduo is a Umesami word for “a mountain with a wide view”, which represents how we work and our view on research. Várdduo function as a node for doctoral students and researchers from different disciplines within the university. In collaboration with Swedish and Sami institutions, associations and actors we create a positive research environment where creative meetings and different perspectives enrich research.

The mission statement of Várdduo - Centre for Sami Research includes:

to cooperate with other universities, university colleges and research institutes on Sami research;
to establish relations with Sami organisations and institutions and spread information about research results;
to apply for external funding;
to undertake and distribute research commissions concerning Sami research;
to arrange seminars and conferences related to Sami research, and continuously spread information on research results;
to establish a creative environment for Sami research, and;
to create opportunities for more PhD students within the field of Sami research.

An advisory board governs Várdduo, where the university faculties and Sami organisations are represented. More information about the advisory board will be available shortly.

The Director at Várdduo is Krister Stoor, University Lector in Sami Studies. Deputy Director is Lena Maria Nilsson, Project Coordinator at the Arctic Research Centre (Arcum). If you have any further questions about Várdduo, or if you would like to become a collaborative partner, please contact Krister Stoor or Lena Maria Nilsson.


Krister Stoor
Associate professor

Assistant director

Lena Maria Nilsson
Project coordinator, other position, research coordinator