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Arctic Risk in Urban Spaces - ARUS

Published: 28 June 2018

The ARUS project will enhance how built environments can be designed to, better than today, stimulate people to be outdoors, active and safe all year round in light of seasonal and climate change - in the Nordic Arctic.

Agneta Larsson, Health Sciences, and David Chapman, Architecture, at Luleå University of Technology initiated the ARUS project and got initial seed funding to organise workshops to build a research network based on the Arctic five collaboration. The first workshop was used to develop a project agenda and key issues around changing risks in the Arctic public realm. Whilst this workshop was exploratory, the aim was to identify design challenges to urban space that climate change could bring for soft mobility in winter.

The research activities focus on exploring the interaction between how different factors in the environment hinder or promote outdoor human activity. Such as how built outdoor environments & seasonal variations, as well as people’s balance control, attitudes & habits affect when a person feels comfortable to move outdoors in winter.

The ARUS project is being used as the basis for a small number of research applications.

Meeting notes from the 1st ARUS meeting 16-17 January 2018, Abisko

ARUS in the media

LTU, Arctic in focus

LTU, research on ice, snow and cold


Agneta Larsson

Agneta Larsson, Senior Lecturer

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