Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Course in June 2020 cancelled. Information regarding next course will be posted here early 2021.

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

This often-repeated mantra reflects the increasing international interest that has over the past decade turned the Arctic into a region of great geopolitical significance. As global climate change radically alters the Arctic environment, including the extent of summer sea ice, countries and companies from the circumpolar North and around the world are positioning themselves to benefit from economic opportunities such as resource extraction, trans-Arctic shipping and tourism, and to have a political voice in shaping the future of the Arctic. At the same time, scientific interest is also increasing, as are calls for environmental protection and sustainable development in the face of the profound local, regional and global effects of climate change, and the growing impacts of enhanced economic activity and infrastructure development on fragile Arctic ecosystems. 

The 2020 summer course Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic, arranged by the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology together with The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC), will provide students with a broad understanding and historical perspective on the array of issues and processes that are today transforming the circumpolar North, from the level of individual communities to regional governance and great power geopolitics. This uniquecourse is an excellentopportunity for program students at KTH and UIUC to study,from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, the transformational changes currently taking place across the Arctic region. It consists of two weeks of classroom instruction at KTH campus in Stockholm, and five days of fieldwork in and around Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Svalbard—one of the most rapidly changing locations in the High Arctic.  


This course is open to students from KTH and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). No external students are admitted.

The course is covered by a tuition fee for those KTH student's who are liable to pay. However, the course can be included in the already paid tuition fee for the program, if it is included in the study plan as an electiv course. Please talk to your study counselour to get informaton what applies in your specific case.

The expected cost per student is 5000 sek.

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