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PhD Summer School Urban Arctic

16 - 20 Aug. 2021, 13:00
Kiruna, D1 LTU Campus Kiruna
apply by 2021 05 31
Published: 6 May 2020

The PhD course "Sustainable urban development in resource-extraction territories: the Arctic as a case study" is funded by the Arctic Five, regional development area


The PhD summer school will explore how sustainable development in resource extraction territories is being shaped and transformed by local and global trends, having a special focus on the Arctic region. The aim of the course is to analyse resource territories with a transdisciplinary perspective and to critically select and integrate methods. The participants will be introduced to local case studies and relevant topics but will be also asked to present and share their own research with their peers. The participants will work in groups on a conference-type poster that will be presented to and discussed by their peers and the teachers at the end of the course. Post-course work: develop a conference style paper in groups. 

Programme (preliminary)

The PhD summer school consist of a week intensive days of lectures, workshops, field studies and visits. The typical layout of a course-day will be as follows:  

  • Prior to course start, students will be assigned with readings to get familiar with the topics discussed in the course.  
  • Morning (9-11): lectures and presentations  
  • Afternoon (12-16): workshops/visits/field activities  
  • After summer school: individual paper submission

Schedule (venue: LTU Kiruna campus, room D1)

  • Monday, 16th - Arrival / Welcome VP Arctic 5 / lecture: urban development in territories of extraction / Welcome dinner
  • Tuesday - Urban Transformations (lectures: building and industrial heritage; visits: Kiruna/Svappavaara; workshop: research methods in architecture and urban studies)
  • Wednesday - Resource Extraction (lectures: working practices and post-extraction futures / Sami histories; visits: Boliden in Gällivare / Lule river; workshop: research methods in history and environmental studies)
  • Thursday - Tourism developments (lectures: tourism studies / Sami international studies; visits: Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi; workshop: research methods in law and geographic studies)
  • Friday, 20th - Finalization poster / Group presentations / Farewell dinner

Examination form: To obtain the credits an active participation throughout all the course activities is required as well as an approved poster presentation and the submission of the written paper after the course.

Publication plan: We plan to have a call for paper for a special issue in the open access journal Urban Planning (Cogitatio Press). TBD

Learning Outcomes

 Knowledge and understanding. After completing the course students should be able to:  

  • - based on local examples and case studies identify past and ongoing changes and transformations in resource-extraction communities  
  • - interpret and relate changes and transformations in resource extraction regions to global trends in economy and society  
  • - critically evaluate the current situation and explore future developments in resource extraction regions  

Competence and skills. After completing the course students should be able to:  

  • - Understand interdisciplinary methods to analyse a given case study/setting  
  • - Understand theories to critically assess and discuss phenomena  
  • - Develop and present contents in oral and written form to their peers from different disciplines  

Judgement and approach. After completing the course students should be able to:  

  • - Use theories, methods, and knowledge of ongoing trendsto further develop their theses and research interests.
  • - Build and develop and international and transdisciplinary network for their future research activities in the Arctic v

Other infos

  • Credits: 5 ETSC
  • Level of education: Postgraduate level
  • Prerequisites: Admitted to PhD candidate program
  • Rating scale: G / U
  • Course literature: TBD
  • The course is completed: Lp5, 2021
  • Apply by: 20210531
  • Maximum number of students: 15
  • Course fee: free of charge. Accommodation, travel to/from venue, and meals costs are covered by the applicants' institutions. We will try to get discounted prices for shared room accomodation and some meal (TBC).


  • Agatino Rizzo, LTU link
  • Andrea Luciani, LTU link
  • Johan Sandström, LTU link
  • May-Britt Öhman, UUppsala/LTU link
  • Tanja Joona, ULapland link
  • Torill Nyseth, UiT link

Send applicantion to by May 31, 2021. There is a limited number of available places. The doctoral student states in the application (one A4 pdf page) name, email address, department and affiliation, title of her/his doctoral thesis, presentation of own research and relevance to the summer school. The summer school is open to all doctoral students engaging the above-mentioned topics from several disciplines from any location in and outside the Arctic. Priority is given to early stage PhD students and from the Arctic Five alliance.