Outlook to the Future - Coastal Arctic Scenarios

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið: CRD 14

Kennari: Adam Stepien

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The course brings together a broad range of transdisciplinary information on the challenges and developments taking place in Arctic coastal communities. Students also learn basic methodologies for thinking about the future: techniques that are commonly used in private and public organizations. In a workshop, we apply these foresight methods in creating future scenarios for northern coastal settlements. The scenarios are to allow students to develop and integrated view on developments, understand what is known, what is by nature uncertain and what we still need to learn in order to better understand the drivers and dynamics of change in the Arctic.


I am a political scientist working at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. In my research, I focus on Arctic governance, and in particular on the role of the European Union in the Arctic. I also deal with indigenous politics and regional development in northern peripheries. I have participated in a number of policy support and advisory projects, where we often try to think about the future of the Arctic.

As my course has a format of a workshop, it was of particular value for me that students had much personal experience and knowledge on a broad variety of issues relevant for Arctic communities, allowing them to learn from each other and making the course very enjoyable for the teacher.