UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security

Uarctic Thematic Network
Safety and security are a prerequisite for the growth and welfare of the Arctic communities and for viable and sustainable commercial activities in the region. The UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security addresses the risks of operating in the Arctic and ways to prevent incidents that may represent a threat to human life and health, the environment, values and welfare of the social communities in the Arctic. Cross-border cooperation and optimal use of the preparedness resources of the Arctic countries are highlighted.

​​​​​​​​​​The UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security is one of the networks fostered by the University of the Arctic.​

​The thematic network includes two sub-groups, one on Tourism Safety and the other on Emergency Preparedness.​

Main activities

The thematic network will:

    • Facilitate research on commercial and other activity in the Arctic region and issues related to safety and security threats
    • Stimulate collaborative, cross-disciplinary research on safety, security and emergency management and preparedness
    • Facilitate integration of the research network into national and international research programs
    • Develop cooperation on the development and implementation of educational programs both for practitioners and academics, as well as training and exercise schemes aimed at safety and soft security
    • Create meeting places for knowledge sharing and innovations between the industry, the academia and the professionals within the preparedness system of the Arctic region
    • Stimulate cooperation on search and rescue, and protection of people, environment and society
    • Engage with international forums such as the Arctic Council’s Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) working group and the Arctic Coast Guard Forum
    • Provide opportunities for student exchange, practitioner mobility as well as faculty mobility among network partners, in order to strengthen knowledge exchange and research collaboration

Network structure

The umbrella network consists of two sub-groups:

Secure Societies and Maritime Emergency Preparedness

This sub-group contributes to increased focus on the preparedness for mitigating the consequences of unwanted incidents related to commercial and other activity in the Northern regions. 

The goal is to provide solutions that outline how societies may achieve strengthened cooperation and superior coordination of preparedness resources within the industries, the voluntary sector and the civilian and military governmental preparedness system. 

The network will highlight safety and soft security issues, the risks patterns of different geographical areas, and how the countries in the Arctic take responsibility and cooperate on safety and security management. A second objective is to create innovation networks between academia, the professional preparedness institutions and industry. 

The network will have a special focus on the international cooperation among the Arctic countries on these issues, and will feed into forums such as industry associations, the Arctic Council EPPR working group and, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, as well as representatives of the indigenous organizations of the Arctic. 

The thematic network will promote joint educational programs and courses at different levels, exchange agreements for faculty and students, and R&D cooperation.

Coordinator of Sub-group:

Associate professor, Dr. Natalia Andreassen
Tel.: +47 75517138
E-mail: ​

Tourism Safety Network

This sub-group focuses on the safety and security aspects of tourism in the Arctic, with special focus on reducing the probability of accidents and other unwanted incidents. At destination level, the aim is achieved by raising safety and security awareness. 

The activities of the thematic network require networking with public administration, safety and security authorities, academia, associations and NGOs. Research and development activities (international projects) will aim to enhance capacities of all relevant stakeholders in their safety management procedures in the Arctic. 

The UArctic thematic network will enable the exchange of research on tourism safety and security in the circumpolar north, and contribute to developing safety and security within tourism. Linking researchers and developers into more intensive cooperation will open new possibilities for safety theory innovations and practical management solutions. Moreover, the work opens avenues for resource pooling in public-private-people cooperation in the industry.

Coordinator of Sub-group:

Ms. Eija Raasakka, Project manager
Tel. +358407098160

Dr. Eila Linna, RDI-manager
Tel. +358407355300

Educational programme​s


Memorial University St. Johns
Fire Rescue – Technical certificate 
Safety and Emergency Response Training Centre



Lapland University of Applied Sciences 
Arctic Guide Course

Laurea University of Applied Sciences 
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Security Management


Hólar University College

Nord University
Preparedness and Emergency Management

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
The Norwegian Defence University College
Master in Military Studies

University of Stavanger
Master of Technology in Societal Security 
Master in Societal Security​ 
Master in Marine and Offshore technology
Master in Risk Management

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Shipping in the Arctic
Arctic Survival and Safety


NArFU - Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Bachelor in Techno sphere Safety
Training Center of Rescue Competencies
Environmental Risks Management in the Arctic (ERMA)

MSTU - Murmansk State Technical University
The Initial Training of Rescue
Global Maritime Communications Systems for distress
Maritime training centre of the International Management Code Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention
Training Centre the security of ships and port facilities
Bachelor in Techno sphere Safety
Environmental safety


World Maritime University
Master of S​cience in Maritime Affairs
Diploma in Maritime Safety & Security


University of Alaska Fairbanks
Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM)
Bachelor of Emergency Management (BEM)
Bachelor in Homeland Security HSEM

US Coast Guard Academy
International Accredited Management
Professional maritime studies


Contact information

Coordination and secretariat: Nord University, Bodo, Norway
Project leader: Associate professor, Dr. Natalia Andreassen
Tel.: +47 75517138
E-mail: ​

Tourism Safety Network 
Coordinator of Sub-group

Ms. Eija Raasakka, Project manager
Tel. +358407098160

Dr. Eila Linna, RDI-manager
Tel. +358407355300

Secure Societies and Emergency Preparedness 
Coordinator of Sub-group: Associate professor, Dr. Natalia Andreassen
Tel.: +47 75517138
E-mail: ​

Overall Goal
The overall goal of the UArctic thematic network is to provide knowledge that may mitigate the risk of accidents and major threats to life, environment values and communities. 

The network will emphasize the responsibility of the various actors in the Arctic, and raise safety awareness among both commercial players, local communities and governments. 

Secondly, we will contribute to emergency preparedness competence to increase emergency response capacities. 

Thirdly, the network has as a goal to contribute to international cooperation among the Arctic countries on these issues. The network will relate to international organizations and forums as well as representatives of the indigenous organizations of the Arctic.

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