Resource Dynamics

Organized by the GlobalArctic Project and the Northern Research Forum (NRF) 25. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Silfurberg A, Harpa Second Level

The Arctic holds significant deposits of both hydrocarbons (gas, oil and coal) and precious minerals, all of which the global economy desperately needs in order to pursue its industrial development path.

Both deposits will become increasingly accessible thanks to global warming. In addition, such global warming will also lead to fish migrating North, making the Arctic an attractive fishing ground. This breakout session will try to assess the likely dynamics of Arctic resources becoming more accessible as the combined result of the following:

  1. Global warming
  2. Global demand for such resources
  3. Costs of their commercial exploitation
  4. Political conditions allowing for this to happen


  • Gerald Zojer, PhD Candidate, University of Lapland: Arctic Governance Under the Influence of a Global Fossil-Industrial Way of Life
  • Florian Vidal, PhD Candidate, University of Paris Descartes: Energy Nexus and Climate Change in the Arctic
  • Erica M. Dingman, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute; Director, Arctic in Context Initiative: Into the Future: The Confluence of Arctic Warming and Energy Demand
  • Hanna Lempinen, Researcher, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland: (Human) Security or (Social) Sustainability? - Perspectives to and from the Arctic Energyscape
  • Teemu Palosaari, Post-doctoral Researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute TAPRI, University of Tampere, Finland: The Arctic Paradox (and how to solve it). Oil, Gas and Climate Change Ethics in the Arctic


Matthias Finger, Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL)