The network is led by Gert Mulvad (University of  Greenland), Anastasia Emelyanova (UOulu), Anna Rönkä (UOulu) and Sandra Juutilainen (Ryerson University); and, the website is coordinated by a core team working in the area of Arctic Health at the Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland.

Overall Goal

The goal of the Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic is to support sustainable development on health and well-being in populations in the circumpolar regions. The network aims to do so by

  • promoting research projects and education on health;
  • organizing research training;
  • distributing scientific information.

The network will base its research and higher education activities on the contemporary needs and priorities of the circumpolar regions and aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to improve social circumstances for the populations, both in regard to health and well-being as well as delivery of health care and social services in the Arctic.

The topics in research and education

The important topics, such as mental wellness, demographic change, gender issues, research ethics, social aspects of urbanization, marginalization, and violence are being outlined with the partners. New important field of research and education is One health which is holistic view to health, and it combines many already mentioned topics and also different disciplines together.

Main Activities

Research

One Health projects

The One Health is a multidisciplinary approach to health risks and risk mitigation for humans, animals, plants and the environment. At the moment there are several research projects on-going: CLINF led by Birgitta Evengård (Nordic Centre of Excellence, climate change effects on infectious diseases, 2016-20); Nunataryuk led by AWI (Horizon project, Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation, 2017-22); and One Arctic – One Health (SDWG project of Arctic Council; see: SDWG website and UArctic website. There is also collaboration with INTERACT (EU funded project, 2012-2020) in the monitoring of possible vectors for zoonotic diseases.

Education

In collaboration with partner universities and institutes of the TN and other organisations there are running-on Summer/Winter schools and workshops for Master and PhD students. Summer/Winter schools are arranged as an add-on to relevant conferences, allowing Master and PhD students to engage in networking and present their research at conference venues throughout the Arctic. Master’s program in the Health and Well-being in the Circumpolar Area (led by UOulu and endorsed by UArctic) was a joint international effort to establish a long-lasting education program. It was running from 2005 to 2017, and there were graduated altogether 20 Masters, and two of those have also finished their PhD studies.

  • Summer/winter schools and workshops can be seen here
  • International research projects can be seen here
  • Working groups and programs can be seen here

Current and Planned Activities

Past Activities