Overall Goal

As much of future oil and gas development will happen in the Arctic, the links between the circumpolar North and the rest of our planet will further increase as well as the public impact of industrial development, not least on companies as well as states' reputations and most significantly on the populations which live in the Arctic. It is known that economic activity and business development play a crucial role in ensuring welfare and employment in the North.  Petroleum and other extractive industries can contribute to increasing capital, and employment opportunities in the Arctic; however, successful establishment of these industries requires further focus on the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts from the local to the global level, and building competence and skill-sets needed for industry support. Over the past several years, the need has become apparent to create a systematic means for generating new research (both theoretical and practical) in the field of Arctic Extractive Industries.

Main Activities

The main activity of the Thematic Network is a Pan-Arctic Extractive Industries PhD programme in the Social Sciences related to extractive industries. The format is that a limited number of PhD students from partner universities (usually not more than 15) meet intensively for a week with world-class specialist Professors to discuss extractive industries social sciences in the Arctic. Courses usually consist of a lecture series, and discussion sessions where the PhD students works are analysed together among all course participants. The TN offers two such courses per year, organised by partner institutions within the TN (past courses see below). PhD students attending three of these courses and completing the required assignments, including the participation in three relevant conferences or forums of the students' choice, can get a certificate issued by Uarctic that certifies their expertise in Arctic Extractive Industries research and that they can use as an addendum to their PhD degree.

Current and Planned Activities

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Past Activities

PhD courses:

  • Topical Issues in Resources and Arctic Extractive Industries’ Developments.
  • Arctic City-Communities and the Extractive Industries: Urbanisation, Industrial Livelihoods and Sustainability-Considerations.
  • Human Resource Issues in Extractive Industries.
  • Legal and Political Economy Developments


The lecturers for each course in the programme depend a lot on the hosting university, and varies for each course. Our aim is to provide some consistency throughout the programme lifecycle, by relying on some key lecturers listed below, while also trying to maximize local content by inviting more lecturers from our hosting universities. Regular lecturers in the program include:

Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
Arthur Mason
Jessica Shadian
Arn Keeling
Gordon Cooke
Florian Stammler
Natalia Loukacheva