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Researchers gather at Polarforum

Published: 20 November 2017

Polarforum is Sweden's largest meeting place for researchers studying the polar areas and other northern regions. Luleå University of Technology had four researchers at this year's Polarforum, including David Chapman, PhD student in architecture, who talked about how climate change affects people's willingness to move outdoors in winter.

Every year Polarforum is organized by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, the government agency responsible for coordinating and promoting Swedish polar research. Polarforum has 300 members from 40 Swedish organizations, which met at Hasselbacken in Stockholm.

The participating researchers from Luleå University of Technology were David Chapman, Agneta Larsson, researcher in physiotherapy, Kristina L Nilsson, Professor of Architecture, and Nina Lintzén, researcher in soil mechanics.

– Luleå University of Technology is the northernmost university in Sweden, and our research is in the forefront when it comes to how Arctic communities can be shaped and built successfully. At Polarforum we presented new findings on how we can look at new ideas of designing polar settlements, especially now with the climate changes, says David Chapman.

Designing winter cities

His, Kristina L Nilsson's, Agneta Larsson's and Agatino Rizzo's study "Climatic barriers to soft mobility in winter: Luleå, Sweden as case study" has recieved a lot of attention.

The researchers are looking at how new communities in the Arctic can be designed and built to give people opportunities to live active and healthy lives. These are important factors for the attractiveness of a winter city, says David Chapman.
– Together with the opportunities for jobs and education, it is crucial if we want young people to stay in the Arctic regions.

Much of Luleå University of Technology's research in the field is interdisciplinary, says Agneta Larsson.

– Snow, ice and living in a cold climate are research questions that we have been working with at Luleå University of Technology for a long time. We now put our extensive experience into a larger Arctic context. We have a unique cooperation with our broad skills from health science and urban planning, she says.


David Chapman

David Chapman, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 491380
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Agneta Larsson

Agneta Larsson, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493891
Organisation: Physiotherapy, Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health, Education and Technology