The Forum facilitates research on issues and problems relevant to the contemporary Northern agenda and believed to have global significance. The main mission of the NRF is to address the critical issues and to highlight the opportunities which is faced by people living in the regions of the Circumpolar North including the Nordic Region. Important topics and challenges include community viability, social and human capital, knowledge and education, quality of life, sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy efficiency, governance, human and environmental security, and environmental risks and threats, and in particular, climate change. Developing the capacity to address these issues is central to the mandate of the NRF as an UArctic Institute.

One of the institute's annual arrangements is the Calotte Academy, an international symposium for PhD candidates from the Arctic states and observer countries of the Arctic Council. The theme of the 2017 Academy was Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation? For more information on the Calotte Academy, click here.

To learn more about the institute, visit the Arctic Politics web page.

Publications

Yearbook2016

The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

The first Arctic Yearbook was published in 2012 and the latest one, the 2016 edition, was launched in connection with the Arctic Circle 20th anniversary. All published Arctic Yearbooks can be found here.

The 2017 edition is currently being edited and the publication is scheduled for October 2017.