NVP International Summer School 2020 - Global Arctic

NOTE: The summer school has been postponed to 2021!

The summer school will commence with a ‘one-pole’ perspective on the “Global Arctic”, showing how the Arctic and the rest of the world is connected and how globalization, climate change and transboundary pollution shapes science, commerce, security and geopolitics.


The term “Global Arctic” is gaining currency in contemporary debates about how the Arctic and the rest of the world are interconnected. Academics use the term to show how what happens in the Arctic has global implications, as well as how events in other parts of the world impact the Arctic. Modern phenomena such as globalization, climate change and transboundary pollution have brought the Arctic into global webs of science, commerce, security and geopolitics. In the Arctic as elsewhere the first law of geography is applying: Everything is related to everything else, but close things are more related than distant things. To identify and discuss the points of connections within and across the natural-, social- and humanistic sciences is the intrinsic core of the term Global Arctic and also the working mode of the Summer school.

The concept of a Global Arctic has recently gained in political significance testing the strength of circumpolarity as the defining ordering principle of Arctic affairs. The more this principle is employed, the more likely it is that non-Arctic states, like China, Japan, Great Britain, South Korea etc. will be able to justify a greater presence in the Arctic across a range of commercial, scientific, environmental, indigenous, local and other interests, in particular those that touch on global issues such as international law, trade and the management of resources and global commons. The complexity, magnitude and interconnections of the involved interests call for measures of protection, stimulating processes of regional militarization and securitization. The recognition that “what happens in the Arctic will affect the world, and what happens in the world will affect the Arctic” is increasingly seen as a justification by numerous non-Arctic states to enter into polar geopolitics affecting the existing governance regime of the region.

Aims and outcomes

The NVP’s 2020 Summer school aims to produce a better understanding of the significance of the concept, Global Arctic as a tool of integrative analysis and political management, as well as inviting novel ideas for research and learning coming from students taking part from inside and outside of the Arctic.

The students of different disciplinary backgrounds will publish the results of their work at the Summer school in a joint peer reviewed article published in an international journal of high academic standard.

Who can participate?

The summer school’s main target group is PhD students and Post-docs. In some cases, students with a MSc degree or equivalent and with special professional qualifications, for example from the private sector industry or from other relevant institutions, may also participate. The relevance of current studies, including personal motivation and relevant experiences are important selection criteria.


The participants must cover their own transportation to and from Longyearbyen, Svalbard and accommodation and most meals during their stay. Participation at the summer school is free and the Academy will organize the student accommodation in cooperation with the Arctic Student Welfare Organisation to guarantee relative lower prices, during the scheduled stay in Svalbard.

Apply for the course

Up to 25 students from different countries and with different expertise and experience will be selected. Applications shall include a CV and a letter which describes a rationale and justification for the application. A tentative title of a poster to present current studies / projects should be included in the application.

Applications are sent to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), att. Office Manager Jorge Kristiansen (post@polar-academy.com) with the subject: “Application summer school 2020”.

Application deadline is 15 February 2020. The selected candidates will be notified by the end of March 2020.

For additional information, see NVP’s webpages.

Contact for the summer school 2020 is NVP’s Office Manager Jorge Kristiansen (post@polar-academy.com, telephone +47 455 19 649)

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNorwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research
Begin date20.06.2020
End date28.06.2020
Registration deadline15.03.2020
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeUNIS – University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Tagsmultidisciplinarysummer schoolgovernanceocean
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