The Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society (ACCESS) and Arctic Relilience Report (ARR) Summer Course

Event Type: Field Training and Schools

When: 22 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Where: Stockholm, Sweden


We cordially invite applications for the ACCESS and ARR summer course organized jointly by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (ACCESS partner) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (ARR partner), and hosted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The summer course is open for about 20 participants from natural and social sciences including economics, and is intended for graduate level and above. Its aim is to provide the students with an opportunity to learn about different aspects of Arctic resilience with focus on Arctic climate change, as well as changes in the economic sectors of shipping, tourism, fisheries, oil and gas exploitation, and governance. Experts will give insights into recent developments and present their view on the opportunities and risks connected to the changes in the climate system and associated impacts in the economic sectors.

The general structure and content of the course will include 10-11 lectures in total, covering the following topics:

Four lectures offering an overview of the topics and highlights of results from each of the first four work-packages on the ACCESS project:
1. The Arctic environment in the context of climate change, providing a context to the effects on key economic sectors:
2. Marine transportation
3. Fisheries and aquaculture
4. Oil and gas extraction

Followed by two or three lectures on tools and integrative approaches used in ACCESS, including:
5. Marine spatial planning, and
6. Ecosystem services identification

Four lectures from the Arctic Resilience Report, focusing on:
7. Resilience Assessment
8. Multiple perspectives on the Arctic’s future
9. Ecological regime shifts in the Arctic
10. Case study comparison

Lectures will be followed by group work on selected case studies, with participation of some of the lecturers. At the end of the course, the students will have the opportunity to present and discuss the results of this work with a group of experts from ACCESS and ARR, and publish them in the ACCESS Newsletter.

There will be no fee for participation in the summer course. Costs for meals, accommodation and transport will have to be covered on the students. Additional information on the course as well as suggestions for accommodation and transport will be updated regularly and sent to the participants.

Please send your application to Daniel Ospina (course assistant, daniel.ospina [at], stating your name, current studies program, and a brief statement of motivation for participating in this course. Applications will be open until on August 15th, but we encourage those interested to apply as early as possible given the limited slots.