The Arctic region is undergoing a major climate, environmental, geopolitical, economic and sociocultural transformation. The Academy of Finland's Arctic Academy Programme (ARKTIKO, 2014–2018) aims to study and understand the change factors affecting the development of the Arctic region, the transformation process, and the dynamics of change. The programme contributes to strengthening the position of Finnish Arctic research at the top of international rankings, and promotes the identification of novel research paths and, consequently, new solutions.
One of the main objectives of the programme is to to disseminate new research knowledge to support decision-makers and stakeholders and for public discussion.
The programme has four themes:
- Good-quality life in the north
- Economic activity and infrastructure in Arctic conditions
- The northern climate and environment
- Cross-border Arctic policy
The programme is aimed at strengthening collaboration between national actors in the field. At the same time, it also offers good opportunities for international research cooperation.
ARKTIKO consists of 20 extensive international research projects and two international joint projects.