The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) awarded a grant to a new network on the sociocultural aspects of climate change in the North Atlantic Gateway to the Arctic or Northgate. The network will enhance understanding of the new challenges of climate, ecosystems and human mobility in the Arctic and strengthen local communities’ resilience in the face of these challenges. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies will host the project for the next two years and it is supervised by Kristinn Schram, assistant professor of folkloristic/ethnology at the University of Iceland.

The first Northgate workshop was held on May 20, 2016, at the University of Greenland, Nuuk.  Program and abstracts can be seen here.

Interviews with participants from the workshop in Greenland can be seen here.

The second workshop was held in Harpa, Reykjavík on 9 October 2016, at the Arctic Circle Assembly. Programme can be seen here.

Pictures from the workshop in Reykjavík

The third workshop will be in Umeo, Sweden, on 11 June 2017, at the Ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX). Abstracts and bios can be seen here.

Pictures from the workshop in Umeo

Academic leader of the project is Dr. Kristinn Schram.

Kristinn Schram is lecturer/assistant professor in Folkloristics/Ethnology at the University of Iceland. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 after which he conducted postdoctoral research at the Reykjavík Academy, the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology & Folklore and the University of Iceland. He was director of the the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology & Folklore (2008-2011) and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (2012-2015). His research with Katla Kjartansdóttir focuses on mobile people and contested constructions of the North in relation to national, cultural and gendered identities and transnational interaction. Kristinn also conducts and coordinates research, publications, events and networks on Arctic discourses, their practice and relationship in policy-making, society and culture in the North.

Project coordinator is Margrét Cela

Margrét Cela is a Project Manager at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies. She holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Iceland and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the same university.  She was the project manager of a new master programme in West Nordic Studies ( She has also been a part time teacher at the University of Iceland, teaching on security matters and the Arctic.

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