Social Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic – Challenges and Benefits

Organized by the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) 6. September 2016

Friday, October 7, 15:30-17:00

Location: Esja, Harpa Fifth Level

The development of Arctic oil is often considered controversial in terms of impacts on the surrounding environments and nearby communities. This session will focus on lessons learnt from offshore oil and gas exploration, extraction and development in Arctic countries.

The panel will present recent findings from Arctic case studies on global, regional and local impacts of extractive policies as well as challenges and benefits experienced by practitioners in the field.


  • Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor of Law, University of Akureyri: Introduction: Social Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic – Challenges and Benefits.
  • Anne Merrild Hansen, Professor at Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland: Social Impact Assessment in Oil and Gas Development: Community Experiences from Greenland and Alaska.
  • Anita L. Parlow, Fulbright-MFA Arctic Scholar at the University of Akureyri and National Energy Authority: Toward an Arctic Standard in the New North: Projected Considerations by Iceland and Norway in the Jan Mayen Offshore.

Speakers (cont'd)

  • Brigt Dale, Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute, Norway: The Post-Petroleum Perspective: Is There Security to be Found Beyond the Oil Ontology?
  • Natalya Novikova, Researcher, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences: Anthropological expert review in Russia: Goals of researchers and expectations of indigenous peoples.
  • Emma Wilson, Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University: Ethics and practice: implementing international social performance standards in Arctic extractive industry contexts.