Arctic Futures

CMM52 Elective Course 2 ECTS
Period NOT ON OFFER 2019-2020 -
Instructor Guy Yeomans and Karl Friðriksson


This course frames the Arctic as a region subject to a wide range of critical areas of change with the active potential to lead to the emergence of different, divergent or disruptive future states from those experienced today. These themes will be explored through the theory and methodologies of futures and strategic foresight with a view to equipping students with the ability to develop critical thinking about emergent change and the longer term and its range of commercial, political and social implications. The course will draw on broad-based existing academic outputs, experience gained from client-led practice and through the teaching and use within the course of practical ‘tools-based’ exercises.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define and recognise the key drivers of change, and their associated trends, and understand what impacts (both positive and negative) they may have within the Arctic & sub-Arctic regions
  • Understand the implications these drivers have for strategy, policy and innovation development and risk management
  • Evaluate what futures and strategic foresight approaches are, their value and how and when they can (or cannot) practically be used
  • Be able to apply a range of simple tools within their ongoing academic research and / or within their professional careers or areas of practice