The GlobalArctic project aims to foster a comprehensive and trans-disciplinary approach of the Arctic in a global ecological, cultural, economic, geopolitical and societal context.In particular, it aims, on the one hand, at understanding the dynamics of the Arctic, as it increasingly becomes part of global changes, the world-wide resources and transportation economy, as well as global geopolitics and geo-economics with a danger of an ‘irreversible collapse’ of industrial civilization. Yet, on the other hand, the Arctic already is, and increasingly will be, a key agent of global changes, as it is also a place from where a paradigmatic change in global governance, as well as that in security, can emerge.
Consequently, the GlobalArctic project aims to become an international and interdisciplinary research project, as well as an international center of excellence, on the globalized Arctic with sites in several Arctic states and regions, and partners all over the Northern Hemisphere.
The objectives of the Project are as follows:
study and (re)iconceptualize the Arctic as a geological, biological, economic. socio-cultural and political entity within a changing global context, both being affected by it
identify and analyze the major forces driving change in the Arctic, as well as if and how cumulative the changes are, such as global changes (environmental change, climate change, societal change), the opening of the Arctic to resources exploration and exploitation. Arctic economic and social development. evolving geo-political interests. and others more, as well as the major drivers
discuss and elaborate concrete ways to address and mitigate these changes in the Arctic and beyond, involving all the relevant stakeholders - notably non-governmental organizations. civil societies, indigenous peoples (organizations) and other inhabitants of the Arctic, nation-states and state-owned enterprises, transnational corporations, as well as the research community and their interests and behavior
reflect upon, and propose and provide new bold ideas and ways of holistic thinking regarding the implications of these profound changes on humanity and the planet, both in the Arctic region