The film “Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities” is produced in order to share results and conclusions from the research which is in its final year.
Gunhild Rosqvist, Stockholm University, has been involved in the work with the film and she is also speaker. Her research focus on changes in climate and land use in Arctic Sweden in collaboration with reindeer herder.

This new film unpacks the complexities involved in building sustainability in Arctic area and can he
Arctic lanscape with conflicting sustainability goals. Photo: Bungard Film.

In the film, the researchers unpack the complexities involved in building sustainability in Arctic areas where a multitude of extractive industries are active, where legacies of past actions influence the present, where changes in the climate strongly impact environments and communities, and where people have widely differing perspectives of what a desirable future looks like.

Knowledge to make informed decisions

The aim is to provide decision makers with knowledge and perspectives needed to make informed decisions on how to reach sometimes conflicting sustainability goals – in resource rich areas of the Arctic and beyond. At a time when the Arctic is subject to rapid climate change and at the same time is considered as the promised land for extracting minerals and metals for a future green energy transition, this is more important than ever. 

See the film here 

Film with English subtitles found here.
Film with Swedish subtitles found here
Film with Finnish subtitles found here
Film with Northern Sami subtitles found here


REXSAC focuses on extractive resource industries in the Arctic as cultural, social, economic, and ecological phenomena – from analysis of why resource extraction commences, to what consequences it has for communities in the Arctic and beyond, and what opportunities exist for transitioning toward post-extractive futures.

REXSAC engages an international network of scholars from across the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Community participation in environmental and social monitoring is also a central part of the REXSAC.

REXSAC is organized as a consortium with fifteen partners including (Stockholm University) as well as affiliated individual scholars from in a range of institutions across the Nordic countries and other parts of the world.

REXSAC is funded by Nordforsk for the period 2016-2021 as one of four new Nordic Centres of Excellence in Arctic research under the programme  Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges – Pathways to Action.

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For information about REXSAC, please contact Dag Avango, (Director, PhD training coordination):;  +46 730-650296

For inquiries about the film, please contact Andrea Norgren (Communications lead):;  +46 76-7988661

Arctic landscape. Photo: Bungard Film.
Arctic landscape. Photo: Bungard Film.