New multidisciplinary collaboration groups such as, for example, aging, demographic change, gender issues, research ethics, social problems related to urbanization (alcohol and drug abuse, mental health), marginalization, violence are being outlined with the partners.

The network is coordinated by a core team of Arctic Health at the Thule Institute and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oulu, Finland. 

Overall Goal

The mission of the Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic is to support sustainable development of health and wellbeing of the population in circumpolar regions by promoting research projects and education on health, by organizing research training and by distributing scientific information. Activities of the TN shall be based on current needs and priorities in higher education and research in the circumpolar region and on multidisciplinary approach to wellbeing of the population, to health promotion and delivery of health care and well-being services in the Arctic.

Main Activities

The Master´s program in Health and Well-being in the Circumpolar Area is a joint effort of an international network, established in 2005 for planning and implementing of a master's program, which could offer special knowledge of the themes and problems typical and current to health and well-being issues in the circumpolar regions. The program started at the University of Oulu in 2009 and since that there has been three intakes and around 15 graduated Masters. The program is endorsed by UArctic.

In 2013 as a continuum of the international collaboration in master´s education there was established a PhD program in Arctic Health. Rapid and overall changes of Arctic societies require interaction between different fields of research and new experts, who understand this complexity and need for multidisciplinary approach in solving the current and future problems of the circumpolar region. PhD program in Arctic Health contributes to this interaction and education by offering specialization on arctic health and well-being issues via special short courses, summer and winter schools.

  • Summer/winter schools and workshops
    • Organized with involvement of different partners and collaborators, often in connection of big international conferences. See list of organized events here.
  • International research projects
    • Participation of the coordination team in international research projects as a partner or (WP) coordinator:
      • One Health project, which was started during US Arctic Council chairmanship, will continue during the Finnish chairmanship
      • The Ethics of Community Based Participatory Research with Sami Communities in Northern Finland: An Exploratory Study, 2014-2018, funded by grants
      • Autumn school ”Study of Human Working Capacities in the Arctic” 8-12/2016 funded by Nordic Russian Cooperation Programme, SIU
      • Healthy food and lifestyle choices in the Arctic, 2015-2017, funded by the Arctic Cooperation Program of the Nordic Council of Ministers
      • Structural racism and its impact on indigenous health – a comparative study of Canada, Finland and Norway, 2012 – 2016, funded by the research program of the Thule Institute (University of Oulu)
      • New University of Arctic PhD program on Arctic health and well-being, 2013 – 2015, funded by the Arctic Cooperation Program (2012-2014) of the Nordic Council of Ministers
      • Food and health security “Food and health security in the Norwegian, Finnish and Russian border region: linking local industries, communities and social-economic impacts”, 2012 – 2015, funded by KolarcticENPI CBC
      • Health on thin ice – changing environments to promote health and wellbeing in cold climate, 2014, planning grant funded by Nordforsk
      • Health on thin ice – urban planning for good health in cold, 2013 – 2014, funded by Interreg IV A Nord
      • ArcRisk “Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling”, 2009 – 2014; funded by the EU 7th Framework Program (FP-ENVIRONMENT)
      • BCBU+ Barents Cross Border University Development Project 2011 – 2013, funded by KolarcticENPI CBC
      • People and ecosystems in changing environment, 2010 – 2013, funded by Top-level research initiative program of the Norden “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change”
  • Working groups and programs
    • Involvement in working groups and programs of the Arctic Council and in writing processes of Arctic reports as well as in work of different organizations and networks of the Arctic enables TN to stay up-to-date and further develop expertise and activities in Arctic issues
      • AACA (Adaption Actions for a Changing Arctic)
      • AHDR (Arctic Human Development Report II)
      • AMAP HHAG (Arctic Monitoring Assessment Program, Human Health Assessment Group): Read the latest report here.
      • Arctic Youth
      • BEAC CYAR (Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Children and Youth at Risk)
      • CHRN (Circumpolar Health Research Network)
      • EU-PolarNet
      • Fulbright Arctic Initiative
      • IASC (International Arctic Science Committee)
      • IUCH (International Union of Circumpolar Health)
      • NDI (Northern Dimension Institute)
      • NSCH (Nordic Society of Circumpolar Health)
      • SDWG AHEGG (Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Human Health Expert Group)
    • In addition to mentioned above collaboration with other relevant organizations, networks, programs, multidisciplinary research institutes (APECS, Nordic Public Health School, Norden, Cross Border University –structures etc.)

Current and Planned Activities