University of Lapland (ULAP), Lapland Finland, www.ulapland.fi

The University of Lapland is the northernmost university in the European Union. It conducts research on Arctic populations, communities, the environment, and art and design and their interaction. Additionally, it is assigned nationwide responsibility for social and legal research related to the Sami nation.

Lately the one of the most important focus of the environmental research has been on the influence and effectiveness of the relevant regulations and policy instruments in the relation of using the mineral deposits in the North Finland; to consider nature based land uses and land use planning in the mining projects, developing policy instruments and regulations and to integrate the management results concerning the impacts of mining projects with planning and decision-making.

In the social research the focus is to evaluate the changes caused by mining project to the local communities by a systematic approach, improve the participation for the stake-holders in the mining projects in relation to land use planning, EIA and SEA processes and to understand the interrelationship between ecological, economic and social aspects of community life.

he Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) is specialised, in environmental and minority law. The NIEM has a special focus on studying the law relating to (Arctic) indigenous peoples and environmental law as it applies in the Arctic and northern region.

Contact:
Kristiina.Jokelainen@ulapland.fi,  Project Manager, Faculty of Law
Timo.Koivurova@ulapland.fi,  Research professor, Director of the NIEM
Leena.Suopajarvi@ulapland.fi,  Doctor, Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences

Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Norrbotten Sweden . www.ltu.se

LTU is Sweden’s centre for research and education in the mining area, with a clearly stated ambition to be an internationally strong centre of excellence in this field. The research covers the whole mining spectrum, from prospecting via mining and processing to metallurgy and environmental issues, together with research on occupational health and safety, the commodity economy and the social and legal aspects of extraction and processing.

In the SUMILCERE project LTU builds on competence from four different disciplines at the Division of Social Science at Luleå University of Technology: law, political science, economics and history of technology. Overall, the division has strong research focus towards environmental policy, natural resource management and energy and raw materials markets, involving several multi-disciplinary projects. The Division has a strong track record in studies on mineral markets and policy, and a large international research network.

Contact:
Maria.Pettersson@ltu.se,  Professor in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Soili.Nysten-Haarala@ltu.se,  Professor in Civil Law
Patrik.Soderholm@ltu.se,  Professor in economics within the field of energy, natural resources and the environment

Northern Research Institute (Norut), Alta and Tromso, Norway www.norut.no

Norut is a national research institute located in northern Norway. Norut has research activities within technology, innovation and social science research, and carries out research commissions for industry, business and the public sector. The institute has a special focus on the High North, and, Norut has extensive experience in studies on natural resource management, land-use planning and related fields, where mining is one of many aspects.. The overall ambition is to contribute knowledge for sustainable development and management of natural resources in the north.

Contact:
Arild.Buanes@norut.no,  Researcher Doctor
Vigdis.Nygaard@norut.no,  Senior Research Scientist

Institute of North Industrial Ecological Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center (INEP KSC RAS) Murmansk, Russia

The main direction of the research of INEP is the development of scientific basis for environmental optimization of natural resources using in the industrially developed regions in the North. Mission is the research for Sustainable Development of the Arctic and the research area is to develop scientific basis for ecological optimization of nature management in the industrially developed regions of the North in particular:
• Determination of allowable loads on terrestrial and water ecosystems under the conditions impact of mining and smelting enterprises
• Assessment and long-term forecast of possible change in ecological and economic systems under different nature management strategies and in conditions of global environment and climate change
• Development of ecologically sound technologies for exploiting mineral and hydrocarbon resources
• Development of scientific grounds for rehabilitation of industrial disturbed landscapes
• Informatisation of research into the state of environment and forecast of its change by mathematical modeling

Contacts:
masloboev@ksc.ru,  Vladimir Masloboev, Professor, Director,
e.klyuchnikova@gmail.com,  Elena Klyuchnikova, Head of division of international relations