About the project


ARCTICCHALLENGE is financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) for the period 2014 – 2017, under the programme PETROSAM 2. The aim of the program is to develop competence on societal issues relevant for strategy and policy development for Norwegian authorities and for actors in the petroleum industry.

ARCTICCHALLENGE accordingly will seek to establish to what extent planning processes for offshore petroleum development influences and are influenced by local and regional concerns and debates, in particular with reference to matters of risk, security and the ability ot plan for and control one’s own future.

Project leader Brigt Dale

Brigt Dale is a Senior Researcher at Nordland Research Institute, Norway, working out of his office in the Lofoten Islands. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MD in Visual Anthropology from the University of Tromsø, Norway, and focusses on theory development and research on the relation between politics, security, and power and resource management, in addition to processes which influence the development of communities. 
Dale´s empirical research interests includes petroleum development, tourism, aquaculture, mining and cultural heritage – all themes which are of importance for development in the north – and beyond.

Researchers at Nordland Research institute:

Grete Kaare Hovelsrud

Professor Grete K. Hovelsrud is an anthropologist with a PhD from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. She is Professor at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway and Research Professor at Nordlandsforskning (Nordland Research Institute). She is the Vice-President of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, Member of the Research Board, Division on Energy Resources and the Environment at the Research Council of Norway, and Lead Author of Arctic Human Development Report, Arctic Resilience Report, and Adaptive Actions for a Changing Arctic. She was a Lead Author and a Contributing Author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Member of the ICSU/WMO International Polar Year (IPY) 2007 – 2008 Joint Committee.

Grete’s work focusses on interdisciplinary studies of adaptation to climate change, resilience and adaptive capacity of coupled social-ecological systems, and on the transformation of society in the context of climatic and societal change. With her background as an anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience from many parts of the Arctic, she brings the need for a bottom up approach to studying societal transformation. She considers the local context as critical starting point for understanding impacts, transitions and change, and continues to conduct fieldwork in Arctic communities in parallel with linking the results to national and international processes. She currently leads a number of major research projects taking place in the northern regions. 

Marianne Karlsson

Julia Olsen

Information Advisor:

Thoralf Fagertun

Insitutional partners:

Brown University, Institute for Environment and Society

  • Siri Veland, Associate Professor
  • Amanda Lynch, Professor, Research Director
  • Noor Johnson, Researcher

Ilisimatusarfik/ University of Greenland

  • Birger Poppel, Project leader SLiCA Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic
  • Mark Nuttall, Professor, Ilisimatusarfik/ Greenland Climate Research center

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N-8049 Bodø

Besøksadresse: Universitetsalleen 11
Tlf: +47 75 41 18 10
E-post nf@nforsk.no

Bank konto: 4500 55 98811
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