The research project explore how legacies of large scale mining operations have influenced communities in the Nordic part of the Arctic. The objective is to investigate under which circumstances material and immaterial remains of mining can function as a resource for building sustainable post-industrial communities in the Arctic.

The project has a comparative approach, in which the researchers compare experiences from three different mining regions in the Arctic – Kiruna (Sweden), Qullissat (Greenland), and Isfjorden (Svalbard). The research builds on data which must be collected in the field, using a multidisciplinary approach combining archaelogy, anthropology and human geography.

Principal investigator

Dag Avango
Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology