Focusing on global change, sustainable development, and the rights of indigenous peoples
The Arctic Centre’s multidisciplinary research groups also engage in Sámi-related research. Their focal areas are global change, sustainable development, and environmental and minority law.
The Global Change Research Group studies e.g. the adaptation of Sámi reindeer husbandry to climate change, reindeer food and grazing grounds, and reindeer husbandry as a livelihood from the societal viewpoint.
The Sustainable Development Research Group studies the culture, identity, and politics of indigenous peoples. The topics of research include the Sámi and the biodiversity, oral tradition, customary law, and the relations between the Sámi and tourism. The research group also encompasses the Indigenous Peoples and Sámi Research Office and the Anthropology Research Group.
The rights of indigenous peoples
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) conducts versatile research on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Sámi. The NIEM studies e.g. land rights in Lapland, the natural resource sovereignty of an indigenous people, and the relation between the Nordic Sámi Convention and legislation.
As for teaching, the NIEM arranges the Arctic Law and Governance course of the Master’s Programme in International and Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law. The course includes instruction on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Sámi. In addition, NIEM researchers teach indigenous peoples and Sámi law around the world and at the member universities of the University of the Arctic.