Arctic Circle Mission Council on the GlobalArctic


Geopolitical Stability & Power Politics, Fossil Economy, Focus on Science, an Urgency of Climate Change Mitigation

11 November 2020


  • Miyase Christensen: Power politics and the public sphere
  • Heather Exner-Pirot: The Arctic and fossil fuels: The complexities of a transition at a regional level
  • Matthias Finger: Arctic urgency - is any urgency being perceived as the Arctic is rapidly warming, and by whom?
  • Q & A
  • Launch of the Arctic Yearbook 2020: Climate Change and the Arctic: Global Origins, Regional Responsibilities?

Moderated by Lassi Heininen, Professor Emeritus; Chairman Arctic Circle Mission Council on the GlobalArctic; Editor, Arctic Yearbook

Miyase Christensen

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies and affiliated researcher at the Dept. of History and Philosophy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Christensen has served as Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Guest Professor at KTH as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Popular Communication and the Director of the Leading Research Environment in Global Media Studies and Politics of Mediated Communication at Stockholm University. Christensen’s research is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature and comprises social theory perspectives on globalisation processes, mobility and environmental change with a focus on the Arctic; technology and culture; and, politics of communication as well as policy studies. As part of the Horizon2020 InsSciDE project Inventing a Shared Science Diplomacy for Europe, she is currently conducting a case study on environmental change communication as a diplomatic problem. Christensen has published numerous international articles and seven books, the last two being Arctic Geopolitics, Media and Power(2019); and, Cosmopolitanism and the Media: Cartographies of Change(2015).

Heather Exner-Pirot

Heather Exner-Pirot is the Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook. She is a Board member with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network, The Arctic Institute, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. She is a member of the GlobalArctic Mission Council and former chair of the Canadian Northern Studies Trust. She has previously  held positions at the University of Saskatchewan, the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and the University of the Arctic, and completed her doctoral degree in political science at the University of Calgary in 2011.

Her current research interests include Indigenous and northern economic development. She is a consultant based in Western Canada working primarily with First Nations and Metis organizations on governance and economic development. 

Matthias Finger

Matthias Finger is Professor Emeritus, in charge Governance and Regulation at the Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has been an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (New York), an Associate Professor at Columbia University (New York), a Professor of Management of Public Enterprises at the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Administrationand between 2002 and 2020 the Swiss Post Chair in Management of Network Industries at EPFL. Since 2010,he is a part-time professor at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, where he directs the Florence School of Regulation’s Transport Area. Since 2017, he is a professor at the Faculty of Management at Istanbul Technical University (ITÜ).

Lassi Heininen

Dr. Lassi Heininen is Professor Emeritus of Arctic Politics  at University of Lapland, Finland; Professor of IR at Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia; Editor of Arctic Yearbook; Chair of the Global Arctic Mission Council of Arctic Circle. Dr. Heininen’s research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics and Arctic Studies. He lectures, supervises and speaks regularly in Finland and abroad, and actively publishes in international academic publications. Among his publications are 55 peer-reviewed scientific articles & books, 13 monographs, circa 140non-refereed scientific articles and 120 other publications. Recent publications include Arctic Policies and Strategies-Analysis, Synthesis, and Trends (together with Everett, Padrtova & Reissell, IIASA 2019); Climate Change and Arctic Security. Searching for a Paradigm Shift (co-edited, Palgrave Macmillan 2019); The GlobalArctic Handbook (co-edited, Springer 2018).


All questions directed to the speakers were posted by participants, either before or during the event.

Arctic Yearbook

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, development, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication.

This year’s theme is: 

“Climate Change and the Arctic: Global Origins, Regional Responsibilities?” 

Visit the Arctic Yearbook


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman of the Arctic Circle on the term GlobalArctic:

Launch of Arctic Circle Mission Council at the 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly: