Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic

The main task of the Thematic Network is to increase the quantity and quality of scientific research and education carried out in the Arctic on the themes of health and well-being:

  • by organizing Master's and PhD education
  • by conducting research projects and by dissemination.


The goal of the Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic is to support sustainable development on health and well-being in populations in the circumpolar regions. The network aims to do so by:

  • promoting research projects and education on health e.g. in the topics of mental wellness, gender issues, research ethics, Indigenous health, demographic change, pollution, infectious diseases in humans and wildlife, food and water security etc;
  • organizing research training;
  • distributing scientific information.

The network bases its research and education activities on the contemporary needs and priorities of the circumpolar regions and aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to improve social circumstances for the populations, both with regard to health and well-being as well as delivery of health care and social services in the Arctic.

Subgroup: Nordic Society for Circumpolar Health


Research and education

Research activities of the Network are broad. However, three sub-groups (details on each by the link) have been shaped over the recent years:

1. One Health

2. Healthy ageing

3. Circumpolar Maternal and Child Health Working Group

In addition to those, the new UArctic funded project “Strengthening circumpolar network in Arctic health research through mentorship, education and research activities” has started in August 2023 to boost the network activities.

In collaboration with partner universities and institutes of the TN and other organizations there are running-on Summer/Winter schools and workshops for Master's and PhD students. Summer/Winter schools are arranged as an add-on to relevant conferences, allowing Master and PhD students to engage in networking and present their research at conference venues throughout the Arctic.

More information and past activities can be found here.

Other Information

Video interview: Gert Mulvad, Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic


Video interview: Anastasia Emelyanova, Vice-Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Health and Well-being in the Arctic