CIRCLA - Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic

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    Kroghstræde 3

    9220 Aalborg Øst


Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Leader of the research group is Associate Professor Lill Rastad Bjørst,

CIRCLA’s geographical area of interest is the Circumpolar North (including Greenland, Nordic Region/Countries; Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea). Our field of interest is broadly defined as Arctic Studies, but particular priority is given to research in the human sciences within the areas of social, cultural and political analysis, discourse, communication, post-colonial governance, culture-driven innovation, and sustainable development including tourism and the management of the natural resources and cultural heritage. Additionally, we prioritize research with a focus on the Arctic and its relationship with other parts of the world – e.g. Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. The Arctic is indeed a global region and it is important to be attentive to these transregional connections.

Researchers from CIRCLA are committed to developing strong conceptual, theoretical and methodological frameworks and approaches to attending to all themes. The combination of political sciences, philosophy, anthropology, Arctic studies, de-colonial and postcolonial studies, ethnology, and science and technology studies (STS) makes a strong group that contributes to Arctic research with solid and innovative scholarly engagement, and opens up for new alliances and collaborations with partners in and outside the Arctic region.


  • Climate change and sustainable development in the Arctic
  • Arctic politics and governance
  • Coloniality and beyond
  • Business development in the Arctic.


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