CIRCLA - Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Learning in the Arctic

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Learning in the Arctic (CIRCLA) is a cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty centre, based at the Department of Culture and Global Studies. Its purpose is to communicate, organize and support the development of Arctic-related research at Aalborg University.

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CIRCLA's geographical area of interest is the Circumpolar North (incl. Greenland, the northern parts of Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea). As regards research, the field of interest is defined broadly as Arctic Studies, but particular attention is given to research in the human sciences within the areas of social and cultural analysis, communication, culture-driven innovation, sustainable development (including tourism and management of natural and cultural heritage), humanities informatics and learning.

Activities at CIRCLA

Established in 2012, CIRCLA is still developing its range of activities. Presently, they include:

  • The establishment and maintenance of networks of cooperation between ongoing and future AAU-based research projects within the field of Arctic Studies.
  • The planning, organizing and securing of funding for new research projects.
  • The organisation of cross-disciplinary conferences and other academic exchanges between AAU-based and international researchers.
  • The publication of Arctic Studies research.
  • Development of strategic cooperation with external partners, such as the International Arctic Science Committee, The University of the Arctic, Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland, the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, Arctic Business Network, Arctic Consensus and the International Arctic Social Sciences Association.
  • The initiation of an educational program in Arctic Studies (AS) as a specialization under the CCG Master’s programme with a focus on Arctic communities and globalization.
  • Development and coordination of summer school programs for students.

Arctic Studies - A specialization of the Culture, Communication and Globalization (CCG) programme, Aalborg University

Arctic Studies - A specialization of the Culture, Communication and Globalization (CCG) programme, Aalborg University

Aalborg University offers a new specialization under the CCG with a focus on Arctic communities and globalization. The region of interest in “Arctic Studies” (AS) is the Circumpolar North, including Greenland, the northern parts of Scandinavia, Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea.

For further information

Contact CIRCLA


Head of Centre Robert Chr. Thomsen
Kroghstræde 3 - 3.218
+45 9940 9131
thomsen@cgs.aau.dk

Assistant research coordinator Lill Rastad Bjørst
Kroghstraede 3 - 3.203
+45 5355 2095
rastad@cgs.aau.dk