The Arctic Infrastructure and Society

The course aims to give knowledge and proficiency to analyse the development in settlement pattern and the importance of infrastructure in the populated Arctic, where settlements often are isolated so that the infrastructure functions as on islands.

Core elements:

- Sustainable local and regional development
- Strategic and physical planning
- Settlement and infrastructure
- Logistics in the Arctic

The course will have three parts. The first deals with strategic regional development with focus on settlement, transportation and business. The second focuses on the city level with involvement of the stakeholders. The third deals with analysis of the sustainability of large industrial plants including SIA.

The course uses primarily local examples from Greenland, but examples from the Arctic region in general will be included. The examples include strategic as well as physical planning.

The competences obtained in this course will be of general value, since the focus is on developing adapted solutions based on local conditions.


The course takes place in Sisimiut, Greenland.
The course will normally be part of the Arctic Semester in Greenland together with 11857, 11859 and 11853 or 11854.
The course can be taken as a stand-alone course under Open University for professionals working in the Arctic.
The course could together with 11857 and 11859 be taken by Bachelor students in their last semester e.g. in combination with their Bachelor project.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic DTU
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Building and civil engineering
Teaching placeSisimiut, Greenland
Teaching termSpring
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