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This page lists the partner institutions of the Health and Well-being in the Arctic PhD programme and the people responsible for course planning and content.

Academic partners


Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland

Thule Insitute

Study areas: Health and well-being in the northern communities; Impacts and responses of human communities to changes in the North.

Contact person: Prof. Arja Rautio (lead)
Focus: Environmental health, social exclusion and Indigenous health and well-being.


University of Lapland, Finland

Det ULapland

Study areas: Multidisciplinary research on Northern politics, economy, and environment.

Contact person: Dr. Lydia Heikkilä
Focus: Sami reindeer herding and nature use management.


Arcum, University of Umeå, Sweden


Study areas: Sustainable development in the North; Health in the Arctic.

Contact person: Dr. Lena Maria Nilsson
Focus: Healthy lifestyles in the Arctic; diet, lifestyle and public health.


UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway


Study areas: Interdisciplinary research and development work on health and well-being in the Samic population in Norway.

Contact person: Dr. Ketil Lenert Hansen
Focus: Health and well-being in the North.


Centre for Arctic Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

Aarhus Universitet

Study areas: Lifestyle and the health of Arctic populations; Disease monitoring in the Arctic; Genetic sensitivity of the Inuit people.

Contact person: Prof. Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen
Focus: Arctic environmental medicine; Cellular & molecular toxicology; Endocrine disrupting chemicals


Greenland Center for Health Research, University of Greenland


Study areas: Health and well-being of the Greenlandic population; Operations of the health care system.

Contact person: Gert Mulvad, MD
Focus: Overweight and obesity in indigenous Arctic inuit societies.


Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland

Stefansson Arctic Institute

Study areas: Multidisciplinary research within sustainable development in Northern areas.

Contact person: Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen
Focus: Economic development; Arctic economies; Greenland economy; Structural Change Analysis; Human development in the Arctic.


University of Akureyri, Iceland

Uni Akureyri

Study areas: Health and well-being; Academic training.

Contact person: Dr. Arún K. Sigurðardóttir
Focus: Health and well-being; Nursing



University of Alaska Anchorage, United States


Study areas: Health sciences; Academic training; Well-being of the peoples of Alaska and the circumpolar North.

Contact person: Prof. Rhonda M. Johnson
Focus: Rural/frontier health; Women's health and well-Being; Community based participatory research


University of Alberta, Canada


Study areas: Community and population health; Socio-behavioural sciences and health promotion.

Contact person: Prof. Cindy Jardine
Focus: Aboriginal research; Knowledge translation; Northern research; Public participation


University of Manitoba, Canada


Study areas: Health in the Arctic; Community and population health; Academic training.

Contact person: Dr. Michelle Driedger
Focus: Public and health risk communication; Risk perception: Knowledge translation


Northern State Medical University, Russia

Northern State Medical University Study areas: Training of medical personnel in the European North of Russia.


Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia

NArFU in Winter (crop) Study areas: Ecological and physiological aspects of health and safety in the Arctic; Development of health care technologies in the Arctic

Other partners


Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Helsinki, Finland


The main objective of the Finnish Meteorological Institute is to improve safety and quality of living of Finnish citizens. In order to do this the Finnish Meteorological Institute observes the physical state of the atmosphere, its chemical composition and electromagnetic phenomena.

Contact person: Dr. Jussi Paatero


SámiSoster ry, Inari, Finland


SámiSoster has been the leading actor in developing culturally based services in Sámi language. The focus of the services is wide ranging from children to elders, from facilitating the transition and reinforcement of Sámi identity and belonging between the generations to home support of Sámi elders, culturally sensitive substance abuse work and health education.

Contact person: Ristenrauna Magga


Arctic Council working groups


Arctic Monitoring and Assessment program (AMAP).

Arctic Human Health Expert Group (AHHEG) under Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

Education on Arctic health and well-being is an important focus area in both working groups. Current research projects such as ArcRisk coordinated by AMAP Secretariat focus directly on these issues.


Circumpolar Health Research Network (CHRN)

 Logo Circhnet The objectives of the CHRN are to 1) promote cooperation and collaboration among health researchers engaged in research in the circumpolar region; 2) facilitate the exchange, communication and dissemination of research results and other health data; 3) support the training and development of researchers in circumpolar health; and 4) publish the International Journal of Circumpolar Health and other scholarly publications.


The International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH)

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The International Union for Circumpolar Health is an international non-governmental organization, with members, adhering bodies and affiliates throughout the circumpolar regions. The International Union for Circumpolar Health focuses to the health problems and needs of Northern peoples.

Contact person: Prof. Jon Øyvind Odland