The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) officially launched

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On 10 December 2013 The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) was officially launched in Shanghai. The research center aims to serve as a platform for academic research cooperation on the Arctic. With 10 Nordic and Chinese member institutions, the foundation for cooperation is promising. Two Norwegian institutions are founding members: The Polar Research Institute and The Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

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More specifically the main focus of CNARC's work is 'to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its global impacts, as well as to promote cooperation for sustainable development of the Nordic Arctic and coherent development of China in a global context.' One of the first endeavors of CNARC is to write a book with the working-title 'Understanding Nordic Arctic Interests and Policies'. The edited volume will present the Nordic Arctic and the Nordic countries' Arctic interests and policies to a wider Chinese audience.


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CNARC will undertake activities such as joint research projects, grant fellowships and conduct an annual symposium. The first China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium was hosted by PRIC in June 2013 in Shanghai, China, and the second symposium is scheduled to be held in early June 2014 at University of Akureyri, Iceland with the Icelandic Center for Research (RANNIS) as the hosting institution.

CNARC's Director is the Polar Research Institute of China's (PRIC) director, Dr. Yang Huigen with two supporting vice-directors, Dr. Yang Jian, Vice-president of the Shanghai Institute of International

Studies and Mr. Zhang Xia, Head of the Division of Polar Strategic Studies at PRIC. CNARC's secretariat is located at PRIC's Polar Strategic Studies Division.


The first CNARC newsletter can be downloaded here.



The CNARC member institutions are:

  • The Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Center for Polar and Oceanic Studies, Tongji University, China
  • The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
  • The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS), Iceland
  • The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Denmark
  • The Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • The Polar Research Institute of China, China
  • The Research Institute of Polar Law and Politics, Ocean University of China
  • Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS), China
  • The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Sweden