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PhD Summer School Urban Arctic

16 - 20 Aug. 2021, 13:00
Kiruna, Kiruna campus
Published: 2 August 2021

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

Course contents

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. 

Course structure

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: lectures and presentations  
  • Afternoon: workshops/visits/field activities  
  • After summer school: individual paper submission

Program (venue: LTU Kiruna campus, room D1 and digital)

Monday 16/8    

  • Intro of PhD School        
  • Roundtable (introducing each other)      
  • Seminar: Urban development in territories of Extraction (Tino)   
  • Guided tour of Kiruna with Curt Persson                    

Tuesday 17/8    

  • Seminar: Extractive industry and other competing land usage in the Arctic with special reference to traditional livelihoods (Tanja)           
  • Lecture: Hydropower, large dams and (un)safeties in Sámi territories (May-Britt)
  • Welcome from Arctic Five (Dag)
  • Presentation by Nina Eliasson, Head of the Urban Development Department, Kiruna Kommun, in the new townhall.                     
  • Visit to new Kiruna                                                                     

Wednesday 18/8             

  • Seminar: Svappavaara, the built legacy of an arctic utopia (Andrea)           
  • Book presentation: Making the Arctic City. The History and Future of Urbanism in the Circumpolar North (Peter)                         
  • Workshop Svappavaara                                                             

Thursday 19/8

  • Seminar:  Urban Saami Identities, ethnic mobilities and  migration patterns (Torill and Paul)
  • Seminar: Business and society in the Arctic + notes on case study research (Johan)            
  • Workshop Jukkasjärvi: Ice Hotel and Nutti Sámi Siida  (please list here concrete assignments for students)                                                                                                

Friday 20/8        

  • Presentations by the students                                  
  • Participants travel back home

Speakers: May-Britt Öhman (UUppsala/LTU), Agatino Rizzo (LTU),  Andrea Luciani (LTU), Johan Sandström (LTU), Tanja Joona (ULapland), Torill Nyseth (UiT), Dag Avango, (LTU), Curt Persson (LTU), Nina Eliasson (KK), Peter Hemmersam (AHO)

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

Course 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.

Scientific committee

  • Agatino Rizzo, LTU link
  • Andrea Luciani, LTU link
  • Johan Sandström, LTU link
  • Tanja Joona, ULapland link
  • Torill Nyseth, UiT link

Send applicantion to

Fully Booked! 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.

Participants (2021)

  • Lars Vikström, Luleå University of Technology
  • Camilla Schlyter, Luleå University of Technology
  • Kristin Nedlich, Luleå University of Technology
  • Karolina Sikora, University of Lapland
  • Juho Kähkönen, University of Lapland
  • Auni Haapala, University of Lapland
  • Ria Adams, University of Lapland
  • Stutee Tamrakar, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Anna Arntzen, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Moa Mattsson, Umeå University
  • Jacqueline Götze, University of Bonn
  • Elena Poma, Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Lisann Schmidt, University of Greifswald
  • Christina Wilkens, Aachen University
  • Aynur Uluç, Middle East Technical University
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