Svalbard Social Science Initiative

The Svalbard Social Science Initiative is a association of social science, humanities and arts-based researchers working with a wide range of issues on Svalbard. Our platform helps coordinate research activities and communication with the local community.

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Book Launch: Svalbard Imaginaries

On February 19, 2024 three of our members, Mathias Albert, Dina Brode-Roger, and Lisbeth Iversen, discussed their recently released collection 'Svalbard Imaginaries: the Making of an Arctic...

Season’s Greetings

The SSSI wishes everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2024! The photos are from Longyearbyen, by Dina Brode-Roger.

SSSI Workshop: Building transdisciplinary bridges for sustainable Svalbard and Arctic development

On November 30th, the SSSI organized a workshop entitled "Building transdisciplinary bridges for sustainable Svalbard and Arctic development". The workshop was a side meeting to the Svalbard Science...

Documentary “The Visitors” nominated to Gulluglen

The Visitors (CZ-SK-NO, 2022), the documentary portraying the work of Zdenka Sokolickova about climate change, tourism and local identity has been nominated to Gulluglen at Bergen International...

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This time congratulations goes to Dina Brode-Roger who has been selected as one of the first Grímsson Fellows. She will be heading to Iceland to work on a...

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More good news from our members! This time congratulations goes to Julia Olsen who has just become a member of The Young Academy of Norway. Julia is an environmental sociologist and...

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Our member Alexandra Middleton has been appointed as the Citizen Science Ambassador for the European Citizen Science project (ECS) in Finland! The European Citizen Science project is focused on...

Season’s Greetings

The SSSI wishes you a relaxing holiday season and all the best for 2023! Photo: Longyearbyen December 2022 by Elizabeth BOURNE

Writing workshop on Svalbard Imaginaries

As part of the ongoing work of the SSSI Imaginaries Group, a workshop was held in Bielefeld from Nov 1-3. For the past year, the group has been focusing on building a collection of articles focusing...

Presentations about Longyearbyen – past and future

In times when the last remaining Norwegian coal mine, Mine 7 outside of Longyearbyen, is supposed to close down and be replaced by green technology - a closure that is now possible being postponed...



Members are those currently working on a longterm, field-based, academic project on Svalbard and who are able to dedicate a part of their time to maintaining and furthering our growing association. This includes all academic projects, from the social sciences to the humanities and the arts.

Related Projects

For all projects that deal with issues and/or subject matter related to Svalbard but that are not associated with a university. This includes, but is not limited to, art-based projects, experienced-based projects, personal projects etc.