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Co-creating research projects – Indigenous rightsholders and researchers act together


You are invited as rightsholders and stakeholders in Arctic research, to provide insights, experiences, opinions, criticism, ideas and, best practice models in collaborative and community based participatory research which can include also aspects regarding COVID-19 conditions.

You might want to read our experiences “Co-creating research projects – some personal experiences from Saami Council and Arctic researchers”.



We consider the co-creation of knowledge including the joint development of research proposals as crucial to tackle the societal challenges currently faced in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic. In the section below we aim to collect a broad range of input from indigenous knowledge holders and researchers to improve the quality of co-designed research processes.


This assessment of collaborative work between indigenous rightsholders and researchers from all disciplines – social sciences, humanities and natural sciences – will result in the development of a joint public statement meant to contribute to the long-term discussion about equity-based research collaboration between Indigenous communities, organisations and individuals and scientists, all in the interest of serving the needs of the people in the Arctic. On a smaller scale, these collaborations have already been going on for some time.  Now we aim to implement these kinds of efforts in larger, multiple partner research projects. The EU for instance asks frequently in the Horizon 2020 call texts for a co-designed approach and enhanced engagement of and the interaction with residents from local communities and indigenous societies. We would like to lobby co-creative research perspectives at national and international funding organisations relevant to the Arctic.


Your forum posts will also feed into the process of preparation of a statement to funding agencies, an online workshop during the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in 2021 and a face-to-face workshop during ASSW 2022 as well as into a session with funding organisations during ICASS X conference in 2021. Furthermore, we will publish an extended article to which we invite you as interested stakeholders to contribute as authors. Your knowledge and experiences will feed into an open digital best practice tool developed by the EU-PolarNet project.



We have chosen an open approach where you can – anonymously or with your name – freely share your thoughts and comments as a first step to gain as many insights as possible. We are open for any kind of comment, but as organisers of this forum, we will remove contributions that we consider as being non-respectful or discriminatory.

You can post with your name and/or institution or with an anonymous nickname. Please, indicate your country and if you are Indigenous rightsholder, researcher or of any other function. Feel free to provide links to relevant projects and to contribute long or short statements as you wish. You can also reply to statements and comments of others.

The text that you write in the forum will be visible directly after submission.


Thank you for your contribution!



This is an initiative of the Saami Council, EU-PolarNet, Austrian Polar Research Institute, University of Groningen/Arctic Centre, Nordland Research Institute, the University of Northern Iowa/ArctiCentre, Institute for Advanced Studies in Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, IASSA, IASC and the UArctic.

  • Elle Merete Omma, Head of EU Unit, Saami Council
  • Annette Scheepstra, EU-PolarNet, EU Polar Cluster, Arctic Centre/Uni of Groningen (NL)
  • Gertrude Saxinger, Austrian Polar Research Institute, EU-PolarNet, IASSA-council (AT)
  • Brigt Dale, Research Director, Nordland Research Institute (NOR)
  • Andrey Petrov, IASSA president, ArctiCentre/Uni of Nothern Iowa (US)
  • Kirsi Latola, UArctic, EU-PolarNet, European Polar Board, Thule Institute/Uni of Oulu (FI)
  • Vilena Valeeva, IASS, Institute for Advanced Studies, Potsdam (GER)
  • Nina Döring, IASS, Institute for Advanced Studies, Potsdam (GER)
  • Thora Herrmann, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (GER)
  • Stephan Dudeck, European University at St. Petersburg, Uni of Lapland (RUS/FI)
  • Justin Milton, Ikaarvik, Canada
  • Britt Kramvig, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Shelly Elverum, Ikaarvik, Canada
  • Kathrine Wilson, SmartIce, Canada


This initiative is funded by IASC – International Arctic Science Committee, EU-PolarNet, ArctiCentre/Uni of Northern Iowa (US), Nordland Research Institute (NOR), Saami Council, Arctic Centre/University of Groningen (NL), Austrian Polar Research Institute APRI and supported by UArctic and IASSA.  

APRI is partner of the EU Horizon 2020 project “EU-PolarNet 2 – Co-ordinating and Co-designing the European Polar Research Area“. Grant agreement ID: 101003766

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