This book is the final result of the research project HuSArctic: Human Security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic: Addressing Multiple Vulnerability to its Population with Specific Reference to the Barents Region, which has been generously funded by the Academy of Finland. The HuSArctic project has been hosted at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland), which started in January 2015 for a period of four years. Within the project, the concerns and points of view of Arctic stakeholders have been a central focus, and various research and awareness-raising activities have been conducted with these stakeholders – in particular those from the Barents region. Our hope is that the contributions made in this book have preserved the view of those stakeholders, and that through each contribution, Arctic voices have been expressed loud and clear. The research presented in this book is not only intended for academics. It is inspired and driven by the local populations of the Arctic, and in most cases written by scholars either living in the region, or working on issues related to the Arctic. The research in this book does not only pursue theoretical aims, but seeks to have a direct impact on policymakers and hold relevance to both academics and practitioners. Finally, although the research is grounded in academic pursuits, it seeks to engage Arctic stakeholders such as local communities or regional governance bodies, as well as students of the Arctic or security studies, and the general public. We hope that the diverse views in the contributions of this book are appealing to anyone interested in human security and the Arctic in general.

In the process of preparing this manuscript, we had to rely on contributions, not only from individual authors, but also from many others, such as a number of blind reviewers. While the reviewers provided significant comments and suggestions to improve the text further in several review rounds, the contributing authors were extremely patient and hardworking during the process of both writing and revising the text. We are grateful to all of them for their kind cooperation. We also greatly acknowledge the research assistance support provided by Joelle Klein.

Kamrul Hossain, José Miguel Roncero Martín and Anna Petrétei

March, 2018

Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

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