Svalbard Social Science Initiative

The Svalbard Social Science Initiative is a association of social science, humanities and arts-based researchers working with a wide range of issues on Svalbard. Our platform helps coordinate research activities and communication with the local community.

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Season’s Greetings

The SSSI wishes you a relaxing holiday season and all the best for 2023! Photo: Longyearbyen December 2022 by Elizabeth BOURNE

Writing workshop on Svalbard Imaginaries

As part of the ongoing work of the SSSI Imaginaries Group, a workshop was held in Bielefeld from Nov 1-3. For the past year, the group has been focusing on building a collection of articles focusing...

Presentations about Longyearbyen – past and future

In times when the last remaining Norwegian coal mine, Mine 7 outside of Longyearbyen, is supposed to close down and be replaced by green technology - a closure that is now possible being postponed...

“Arctic Methodologies” workshop

On 26 April 2022, a three-hour online-workshop on ‘Arctic methodologies’ was held with significant participation from SSSI. Discussions primarily focused on practical aspects of doing social science...

IASSA’s Newsletter Northern Notes

The latest issue of Northern Notes, the newsletter of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA, has just been released. It is the first newsletter under the new presidency in...

SSSI Annual Report 2021

2021 was an eventful year for the SSSI. Check out the SSSI Annual Report 2021 to read more about our activities and projects! You can access the Annual report through this link:...

Statement of solidarity: SSSI condemns Putin’s war

From the solidarity march for Ukraine in Longyearbyen, 1 march. Photo: Dina Brode-Roger. The Svalbard Social Science Initiative (SSSI) disapproves the deeds of Russian officials invading the...

Teenagers without land

A research project on offspring of non-Norwegian migrants to Longyearbyen supported by the Svalbard Science Forum and a related photo exhibition took place in January 2022. Zdenka Sokolíčková (UiO)...

Fresh from the press: Article on Sustainable Tourism in Svalbard

A new paper about sustainable tourism in Svalbard has just been published in the journal Polar Record. The paper presents a methdology and theoretical framework for studying how the tourism industry...

Joint article “(Un)inhabiting Svalbard: Stories of makings from a transient place in the High Arctic”

Several SSSI members wrote a joint article on "(Un)inhabiting Svalbard: Stories of makings from a transient placein the High Arctic" which was published in the online journal Culturas Contemporâneas...



Members are those currently working on a longterm, field-based, academic project on Svalbard and who are able to dedicate a part of their time to maintaining and furthering our growing association. This includes all academic projects, from the social sciences to the humanities and the arts.

Related Projects

For all projects that deal with issues and/or subject matter related to Svalbard but that are not associated with a university. This includes, but is not limited to, art-based projects, experienced-based projects, personal projects etc.

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