The SSSI organized a one-day workshop as a side meeting to the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo in November.

The workshop brought together a group of 23 people, including a representative from Longyearbyen Lokalstyre, AECO, the Norwegian Research Council, and researchers from various institutions. 

The day began with keynotes by historian Thor Bjørn Arlov (NTNU and UNIS), Peter Hemmersam (Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Annlaug Kjelstad, Head of the Planning Department at Longyearbyen Lokalstyre, and anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen (UiO). The second session consisted of flash presentations by researchers working on issues related to Svalbard. In the third session, the relationship between research and local communities on Svalbard was discussed and possible ways of cooperation between the SSSI and local communities and stakeholders on Svalbard were addressed. The fourth session focused on current and potential research in the social sciences and humanities focusing on Svalbard. It mapped current and emerging topics, identified research gaps and explored the methods being used and potential methods not currently in use. After a short wrap-up, the day ended with a house-keeping session in which the future agenda of the SSSI was discussed. 

A report of the workshop will be published on this website soon. 

The SSSI also had a “social science corner” during the poster presentation, where most of the active SSSI members exhibited their research. 

We would like to thank everyone involved in the workshop. A special thanks to the Svalbard Science Forum/Norwegian Research Council who funded the workshop. We’re looking forward to what’s next!