Arctic University Cities

Organized by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at University of Iceland and the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø 25. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 14:30-15:30

Location: Ríma A, Harpa First Level

Cities play a crucial role in fighting climate change given the fact that urban activity accounts for around 80% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

In order to meet commitments made by city leaders during and after the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), various non-state actors need to be brought together in a sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices to develop and implement innovative solutions, with representatives from the authorities, academia and business. In this perspective, Arctic university cities make an interesting case as they are often isolated, dependent on natural resources and particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. 


  • Mara Kimmel, Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, Alaska
  • Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics, University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT)


  • Anne Husbekk, Rector at University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor, City of Reykjavík
  • Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, Pro-Rector of Science, University of Iceland
  • Daði Már Kristófersson, Dean of the School of Social Science, University of Iceland
  • Hege Kallbekken, MA Student in Political Science, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


  • Margrét Cela, Project Manager, Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland