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SUN – Natural resources for sustainability transitions

Northern Sweden has the potential to show the way for a successful restructuring of the basic industry that not only benefits Sweden but also the rest of the world.

Luleå University of Technology's initiative SUN, Natural resources for sustainability transitions, focuses on the assets in the form of ore, forests and water, which are of central importance for realizing the social transformation needed to achieve the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)s. We know that it is precisely here, in northern Sweden, that the technical development and restructuring of our national basic industries can be a precursor to how to achieve the UN's global sustainability goals. Sweden's important basic industries, ore, wood and hydropower, which are located in northern Sweden, are a prerequisite for successful climate change.

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Natural resources for sustainability transformation

In northern Sweden there is ore, forest and water. Natural resources needed for an industrial transition. But many of the conflicting goals and sustainability challenges related to natural resource extraction and the industrial transition come to a head here.

Indigenous protection stronger in Canada than in Sweden

Sweden can learn from Canada according to researchers in jurisprudence and political science who have analysed five cases in the two countries where the interests of indigenous peoples are in conflict with those of the mining industry.

Karin Beland Lindahl and Yousef Ghorbani
Graduate school

SUN's graduate school aims to establish a creative multidisciplinary research environment where doctoral students from several disciplines conduct research regarding Natural resources for a sustainable social transformation with a focus on ore, wood and water.