Early stages

Since the last blog entry, I’ve mainly done some reading (see illustration below). The book ‘Den nye nordområdepolitikken’ = ‘The New North Area Politics’ got me feeling very grateful that I get to research something I find both so interesting and meaningful!




Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the field trip to the North has been delayed until July. Meanwhile, I’ve gotten an excellent contact at the University of Nordland, PhD student Astri Dankertsen who tipped me of who to contact to get in touch with my interviewees, so I contacted:

– Várdobaiki in Evenes muncipality

– Árran in Tysfjord municipality

– Kåfjord in North-Troms (Lyngen, Kvænangen, Gáivuotna Kåfjord, Skjervøy and Storfjord municipality)

– Porsanger municipality

– Nesseby municipality in Finnmark

– Aja Sami Center

– Sami Language- and Culture Center in Porsanger

– Varanger Sami Museum

– Isak Saba-Center in Nesseby

– A few members of the Norwegian Samis National Association

– The Sami Council

– The Sami Accociation

– Sami Student Accociation in Tromsø


Purely by doing research from afar on this fascinating and secretive part of Norway, I realize how much there still is to discover, and I can hardly wait until I can visit!


Stay tuned for more (regular) blogpost!


Finally starting! almost..

Since the last entry a small alteration has happened to the dissertation title. After a meeting on the 15th of May with one of my supervisors from the university, Dr Paul Sheeran, it turns out that the English tradition for master titles is that it should be a question that can be answered with a yes or no. This goes against what is the standard for Norwegian titles, as it is considered leading, but this is going to be written for an English university, so I am changing my title to:

Will there be consequences for the Coastal Sami of an Arctic oil spill?
– with a case study from Tromsø​
In regards of the case study- tonight I have contacted:
– Sami University College
– Centre for Sami Studies at the University of Tromsø
– The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
–  Ministry for Labour and Social Inclusion, as they work with integrating sami
– University of Oslo, office of indigenous studies
– Research Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
– University of Lapland
– Pitesami Centre
– University of Nordland
All in order to start the field research where I aim to get in contact with Coastal Samis to ask them about what they think will be the effects of an Arctic oil spill and how this will affect them. I am planning a journey to Tromsø in the second week of June, and hopefully some interview arrangements will be in order by then.
Officially my master still have not started yet, even though the last exam was handed in on the 15th of May. I will receive the green light on the 1st of June, and in the meanwhile I hope to read myself up with two excellent books I came over yesterday:
‘Indigenous peoples: Resource management and global rights’ by Svein Jentoft and
‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management’ by Einar Dahl, Erlend Moksness and Josianne Støttrup.
Until then!
One last thing – today Norway suspended state owned Statoil from oil drilling in the far most Northern area so far, near Bjørnøya, this ban from the Arctic is a small victory so far, but it is not a permanent ban, so it is still valid to ask affected people on their opinion of Arctic oil drilling and its consequences.