Arctic Circle: Climate Refugees, Diaspora and Tourism in the North Atlantic Gateway to the Arctic

Þessi málstofa er á Arctic Circle ráðstefnunni og fer fram á ensku: 

Arctic Circle Breakout session organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland (CAPS) and the Northgate Network

Sunday 9 October 16:15-18:15 at Harpa

The effects of climate change include unforeseen, and hitherto underrepresented, changes in human mobility within and into the Arctic through tourism, industries and migration. These factors create new challenges to governance and the well-being of local communities, as well as enhancing the danger of over-exploiting the sensitive vegetation and animal life of Arctic and sub-Arctic areas. This panel will discuss these emerging challenges such as adapting infrastructure and the legal environment to increased mobility, the ambiguous status of climate refugees, local views on cohabiting with tourists and the attraction of Arctic and ‘green tourism’ in many middle class populations of the world, including Asia. Discussions will focus on the West-Nordic/North Atlantic context and the Northgate network’s goals of providing policy-relevant knowledge and creating a communication platform between academics, policy makers and local communities.

The Northgate Network: Sociocultural Aspects of Climate Change    

Kristinn Schram

Assistant Professor in Ethnology, University of Iceland


How can West Nordic Diplomacy Respond to the Pressures from Climate Change, Migration, and New Business Opportunities?

Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær

Assistant Professor and Programme Director: Master in West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management, University of the Faroe Islands 


Fleeing because of Climate Change – environmental factors and migration

Erna Kristín Blöndal

Director of the Nordic Institute for Migration and a PhD student in Human rights law


Sharing Space with Tourism

Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir

Director, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre


‘Suitcase Diplomacy: Soft Power and Asian Tourism in the Arctic’

Marc Lanteigne

Senior Research Fellow at NUPI


Chair: Kristinn Schram, Assistant Professor at the University of Iceland and academic leader of the Northgate network