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Appointment of Arctic Five Chairs

Published: 31 March 2022

Luleå University of Technology is pleased to announce the appointment of three Chairs to The Arctic Five network: Christina Allard, Agatino Rizzo and Karolina Parding.

The Arctic Five is a partnership between Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, the University of Lapland and the University of Oulu, whom together aim to lead the way on key Arctic issues. The mission of the alliance is to advance and share knowledge, develop education, and create innovations for the advancement of our region and a sustainable Arctic. 
As part of the Arctic Five’s flagship Chairs & Fellows programme, the Chairs initiative represents a group of scholars with the will and capacity to form original research and education alliances. Thus today, the Arctic Five institutions have collectively appointed 15 Arctic Five Chairs – all of whom are highly ranked scholars from across the human, social, natural and technical sciences. 

– These appointments will help build a strong foundation for the Arctic Five alliance, and the collective efforts of our Chairs offer great potential for the stimulation and growth of cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary research and education, states Dag Avango, Professor at Luleå University of Technology, Co-director of the Arctic Five, and head of the Chairs initiative. 
This inaugural group of chairs represents a new collaboration format for the Arctic Five, and each chair has defined their scope of collaboration by framing their research focus and plans, including potential linkages with educational activities. 

The three prominent Luleå University of Technology researchers appointed as Arctic Five Chairs are: 

Christina Allard, Associate Professor in Law, whose research interest include competing land uses, path dependency, industrial development, green transition, and Indigenous rights. 
– It means the world, to be backed by my university and the Arctic Five partnership. It will boost my research and aspirations, and also for my co-partners in this project: our research related to Sami rights became more visible, says Christina Allard.

Karolina Parding, Professor in Sociology, whose research interest include skills-supply, attracting recruiting and retaining employees and citizens, migration patterns, and regional development. 
– It is a great opportunity – to be an Arctic Five Chair – for developing closer collaboration with old and new colleagues within the Arctic Region, as a way of making a difference in our beautiful and booming north, says Karolina Parding.

Agatino Rizzo, Professor in Architecture, whose research interest include urban sustainability, smart urbanism, Arctic towns, climate goals, urban planning, and carbon neutral society. 
– The Arctic Five Chair will be an invaluable opportunity to get access to a prestigious network of scholars, institutions, and networks that will enable me to develop further my studies in urban sustainability in the Arctic region, says Agatino Rizzo.

The funded term for each Chair is 2 years (2022-2024), with the possibility of an additional one year extension. All appointments corresponding to this round will formally commence on June 1st, at which time the chairs will begin establishing and leading their respective cross- disciplinary group of colleagues from other Arctic Five universities and beyond. 

The 15 Arctic Five Chairs:

  • Christina Allard, Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology 
  • Karolina Parding, Professor, Luleå University of Technology 
  • Agatino Rizzo, Professor, Luleå University of Technology 
  • San Sebastien Miguel, Professor, Umeå University
  • Janina Priebe, Senior research assistant, Umeå University 
  • Hans Pettersson, Researcher, Umeå University
  • Malcolm Lillie, Professor, Umeå University 
  • Mervi Heikkinen, Docent, Researcher, University of Oulu 
  • Anastasia Emelyanova, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oulu 
  • Outi Rantala, Professor, University of Lapland
  • Tanja Joona, Senior researcher, Docent, University of Lapland 
  • Torjer Olsen, Professor, University of Tromsø 
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Görv, Professor, University of Tromsø 
  • Gregor Maxwell, Associate professor, University of Tromsø 
  • Alun Hubbard, Professor, University of Tromsø


Contact persons

Dag Avango

Dag Avango, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 491573
Organisation: History, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Christina Allard

Christina Allard, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491379
Organisation: Law, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Karolina Parding

Karolina Parding, Professor, Recognised University Teacher

Phone: +46 (0)920 493029
Organisation: Human Work Sciences, Humans and Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Agatino Rizzo

Agatino Rizzo, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 493438
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering