New secretariat for The Arctic Five

As of March 20, 2023, Luleå University of Technology leads The Arctic Five, with a new secretariat with Professor Dag Avango as the director and Jan Gunnar Winther from UiT Norways Arctic University as co-director.

“In the coming years, the Arctic Five will strengthen our interaction with actors involved in and affected by the green transition related industrial boom in Arctic Sweden, Norway and Finland, an initiative we call the Arctic Five extended. Other important priorities will be to build our role in the European union in Arctic research and education.”

The Arctic Five will, from March 2023 until March 2025, by led by a secretariat based at LTU with a staff with a long track record in research and education on the Arctic.

Dag Avango, Director

Dag Avango is a professor in history and Head of subject at Luleå University of Technology. He is specialised in the history of technology and cultural heritage, with a focus on late modern times and the polar regions. Prior to his directorship he was the co-director of The Arctic Five.

Jan Gunnar Winther, Co-Director

Jan Gunnar Winther is director of the Norwegian Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and specialist director at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. He has a PhD in polar hydrology.

Charlotta Söderberg,  coordinator

Charlotta Söderberg is an associate professor in political science at Luleå University of Technology.  Her research is mainly focused on environmental policy integration, multi-level governance, policy learning and institutional analysis with an empirical focus on environmental policy in general and energy-, climate-, and water policy in particular.

Gregory Poelzer, coordinator

Gregory Poelzer is an associate senior lecturer in political science at Luleå University of Technology. His research focuses on legitimacy, particularly the procedural and value factors that affect trust in government, including comparative analysis at the international, national, and local levels.

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