Objectives, priorities and activities

Objectives, priorities and activities

An Inclusive Research Agenda

The Centre will draw together local community members, governments, oil and gas companies, NGOs, and academics to learn from one another, establish commonalities, and discuss the premises for achieving a joint vision on how to integrate local perspectives into development decisions, planning and benefit sharing. Decisions as to key research focus areas will be reached following consultation and research questions will be developed in dialogue with stakeholders to identify issues of the most pressing concern. The researchers will travel around Greenland to meet with different communities. They will hold meetings with invited stakeholders as well as open fora to ensure that all concerned persons can present their views. Symposia will be open to any interested parties; briefing notes and working papers will be published on an open access basis and key findings will be published in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

Supervision, Teaching and Curriculum Development at Ilisimatusarfik

The Research Centre will contribute to the academic development of the next generation of Greenlandic thinkers and leaders. The directors will personally supervise doctoral and masters students and will teach courses in sociology, international law and oil and gas governance. The directors will also be involved in curriculum development at Ilisimatusarfik.


The Centre will prepare, develop and deliver research projects related to Arctic oil and gas. They will organise and host symposia, open to the public, on their findings and participate in international conferences to disseminate their research and promote the centre more widely. Dissemination of research findings will be tailored to meet the different needs of different groups, with academic publications complemented with briefing notes in non-academic language in Greenlandic, Danish and English, and oral presentations to non-specialist audiences. Working papers and briefing notes will be published on an open-access basis to facilitate the widest possible access.

The Research Centre will deliver an annual report with a summary of each year’s key activities, results and accounts. In Fall 2018, a comprehensive report of the first three years of the Centre’s activities will be published and presented in Greenland and elsewhere.

Utility of Results

The Research Centre will produce practical recommendations for best practices. Local communities and NGOs, as well as other stakeholders, can use the research findings to promote and protect their core interests, for example, through effective participation in environmental and social impact assessment processes. Those with the power and responsibility to make strategic decisions regarding oil and gas activities, especially in government, are expected to apply the findings as they establish regulatory frameworks for sustainable development. Decision-makers in participating oil and gas firms are expected to use the findings to select, plan, design and deliver their projects in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner. The educational and theses supervision activities of the Research Centre’s directors will help prepare the next generation of leaders in Greenland to steer economic development and governance in a sustainable and ethically responsible manner.