Overall Goal

Taking point of departure in sustainability in an Arctic resources context, TN ASRSR aims at contributing to an enhanced understanding of what social responsibility as a practice that may be exercised by different organisations means. We work to enhance interdisciplinary communication and knowledge-sharing of insights from social and natural sciences and the humanities for the above purpose. The TN is envisaged to operate dynamically as a building ground for knowledge sharing, course design, and bringing research-based knowledge to relevant actors in the circumpolar Arctic, depending on financial, human and other resources available to the TN. Educating the next generation of experts and decision-makers in Arctic resources is a significant element of the goal.

Main Activities

  • Run series of workshops that will help to develop new research projects or exchange existing research projects carried out by network members.
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with the Thematic Network on WestArctic Governance and Sustainability education.
  • Invite stakeholders into the group in order to understand better their views and concerns on sustainability and social responsibility and to share knowledge.
  • Give public lectures/ Knowledge translation/Public dissemination: presentations (and perhaps materials) for different groups, such as companies, schools etc.

Current and Planned Activities

September 2018 (4-5 days): Third TN meeting, hosted by the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia.

December 2018: Interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Public participation (PP) in impact assessments (IA) of extractive exploration and exploitation and infrastructure construction projects: comparing Arctic and Global South experiences and identifying synergies for future research’, hosted by Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen (co-funded under TN ASRSR)

December 2018: PhD course: ‘Natural resources and human rights: impacts, conflicts, benefits, stakeholders and governance’, held at Copenhagen Business School, CBS (call for applications expected to be launched in late spring 2018).

Summer 2019: Multi-disciplinary conference: Arctic futures, resources and public-private collaboration on responsible action. Tentative host/location: Pskov State University, Russia.

Summer 2019: Summer school for Masters students, hosted by Pskov State University, Russia and Syktyvkar State University, Russia.

Organisation, partners, governance, quality control :

Host Institution: Copenhagen Business School

Partners: The thematic network is organised around a core group representing the three Arctic regions, with other partners joining as members.

Steering Committee (SC): The SC is comprised of representatives from the members constituting the core group. The SC meets once a year at the occasion of a meeting of the TN. It will meet virtually several times a year.

Engagement Group: Intended to support the outreach of the TN and feed external insights into the TN, this Group is comprised of representatives from companies (e.g. oil, mining, tourism, transport), communities, educational institutions (high schools, vocational schools/colleges), civil society, local authorities; and representatives from other TNs.