"The Arctic in change and the Arctic Council" by Prof Paula Kankaanpää

Past Event

13 November 2013, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This lecture is a collaboration between the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship

The presentation gives a general overview about the trends that currently change the Arctic region and it describes what the Arctic Council is and how it operates in order to promote sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic region. It also presents the idea behind the initiative on the EU Arctic Information Centre.

There will be a drinks reception following the seminar. All welcome, please register above

Professor Paula Kankaanpää has been the Director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland since 2000, where she acted also as Vice-Rector for Research in 2006-09. She was a research fellow at the Dickey Center of the Dartmouth College, USA, in 2010. Professor Kankaanpää has worked for the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, the Arctic Council, the Barents Council and the Antarctic co-operation in the Finnish Ministry of the Environment in 1991-99. She acted as the Deputy Executive Secretary of Arctic Council’s Working Group CAFF in Iceland for a year in 1998. She chaired the International Arctic Science Committee Regional Board in 2000-02 and the Advisory Board of the Finnish Meteorological Institute in 2008-12. She has participated to many national and international Arctic bodies such as the Arctic Committee of Finland lead by the Prime Minister's Office, and projects such as International Polar Year Project on Kinnvika in Svalbard. She studied geography in University of Helsinki, and made her PhD about sea ice pressure ridges as a research scientist in the Finnish Institute of Marine Research in the end of 80s when she also worked in the University of Alaska Fairbanks.