Adaptation to impacts of climate change takes place mostly locally, but in order to understand processes of adaptation broader institutional, political and economic conditions need to be taken into consideration. The diverse political, economic and social conditions make the local adaptations an interesting and challenging research problem.

In the first of the day of the workshop the focus will be on vulnerability, adaptive capacity and adaptive strategies of local communities. The workshop program will include presentations from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada. This pan-arctic research project is led by Grete Hovelrsud (CICERO, Norway) and by Barry Smit (University of Guelph, Canada).

The second day of the workshop will focus on Finnish CAVIAR study focusing on agency in climate change adaptation. The multidisciplinary project has brought together anthropologists and political scientists to discuss the multilevel dynamics of adaptation. The workshop will be the final event to present the results of a three-year research project funded by the Finnish Academy. The leader of the project is Monica Tennberg from the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

The participation to the workshop is free. The lunches are at own cost.

The program (draft)

Wednesday, 25th of November
Aurora Conference Room
9.15-10.00 Introduction to the CAVIAR approach: Grete Hovelsrud, CICERO
10.00-10.45 Swedish case study results: Carina Keskitalo, University of Umeå
10.45-11.30 Norwegian case study results: TBA
11.30-12.30 Lunch
12.30-13.15 Canadian case study results: Mark Andrachuk, University of Guelph
13.15-14.00 Russian case study results: Anna Stammler-Gossman, Arctic Centre
14.00-14.15 Coffee
14.15-15.00 Finnish case study results: Terhi Vuojala-Magga, Arctic Centre
15.00-16.00 Discussion

Thursday, 26th of November
Aurora Conference Room
9.15-10.00 Introduction to the Finnish CAVIAR project: Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre
10.00-10.45 Finnish case: Terhi Vuojala-Magga, Arctic centre
10.45-11.30 Russian case: Anna Stammler-Gossmann, Arctic centre
11.30-12.30 Lunch
12.30-13.15 Multilevel adaptation: Monica Tennberg, Arctic centre
13.15-14.00 Agency in climate change adaptation: Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, University of Lapland and Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre
14.00-14.30 Discussion

The participants of the workshop are also welcome to the opening of the Damocles/Tara exhibition organized by the Arctic Centre’s Science centre
Registration by email to Monica Tennberg ( by 16.11.