The pandemic in Norrbotten

The corona virus has changed a lot in our lives. In a new project, researchers in history and nursing at Luleå University of Technology – together with a large number of other stakeholders – will gather knowledge and experience from the ongoing pandemic.

The project is interdisciplinary and supra-disciplinary. This means, among other things, that partners and stakeholders who are active outside the academy are seen as experts in their respective fields and are given crucial space to contribute perspectives and knowledge to develop issues and analyzes.

The questions posed by the project are based on the key concepts of vulnerability, resilience, risk, concern, security, scientific insecurity, human security, health and well-being:

What do individuals' experiences, actions and social mobilization look like within different groups in relation to the pandemic and the measures taken by authorities and politicians such as social distancing, border closures, restrictions on public gatherings and curfews?

How can gender, minority and indigenous peoples' perspectives, lived experiences and first-person perspectives with questioning of urban norms as well as functional norms contribute to an inclusive view of human security, crisis management and adaptation?

How can historical comparisons with previous pandemics and crises that Norrbotten has been affected by contribute to better conditions for human security, crisis management and adaptation?

The project is led by researchers in history at Luleå University of Technology. Collaborators are researchers in nursing at Luleå University of Technology, Department of Caring Sciences at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University, Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism (CEMFOR) and Department of Housing and Urban Research (IBF) at Uppsala University, Norrbotten Museum, Piteå Museum, Laponiatjuottjudus, The national organization Sami Ätnam and Sami reindeer herders. Researchers at universities in Japanese Kobe, Norwegian Tromsö, Alberta in Canada and Michigan, USA, contribute with specific expertise and international comparisons.

The new one-year project, which has received SEK 3.1 million in funding from the Formas Research Council, has a special focus on Sami and reindeer husbandry, nursing homes and dementia care, and the consequences of the pandemic in the border areas with Finland and Norway.
Unique research project on the pandemic in Norrbotten

Projectleader: May-Britt Öhman, Senior Lecturer, guest, Guest Researcher. History, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts
Dag Avango, Professor and Head of Subject. History, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts.
Curt Persson, Fil.Dr., biträdande universitetslektor, enheten för historia, LTU.
Malin Olsson, Associate Professor. Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology.
Catharina Melander, Senior Lecturer. Nursing, Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health, Education and Technology.
Riksorganisationen Same Ätnam
Henrik Andersson, renskötare, Flakabergsgruppen, Gällivare skogssameby
Eva Charlotta Helsdotter, Docent i vattensäkerhet, Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism, CEMFOR, Uppsala universitet.
Irene Molina, Professor i kulturgeografi, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning,  vetenskaplig ledare vid CEMFOR, Uppsala universitet.
Mehek Muftee, Fil.Dr., forskare vid CEMFOR, Uppsala universitet.
Nils Harnesk, Master i arkeologi, Högskolan på Gotland och Uppsala universitet. Chef för Avdelning kulturmiljö på Norrbottens museum. Projektledare för Norrbottens museums del i projektet.
Paulina Öquist Haugen, Fil.kand. i etnologi, Stockholms universitet, etnolog vid Norrbottens museum. 
Sophie Nyblom, filosofie magister i nordisk etnologi från Åbo Akademi,  t f musiechef och antikvarie Piteå museum.
Ann-Catrin Blind, etnolog vid Laponiatjuottjudus/Laponiaförvaltningen.
Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. Founder of the research group, Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (, citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, a Dakota people, in South Dakota, USA. 
Minae Inahara, associate professor vid Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, Japan.  Fil. Dr i filosofi vid University of Hull, Storbritannien. 
Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at the University of Michigan, and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. 
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, konflikt og fredsstudier/internasjonalpolitikk og sikkerhetsstudier, Senter for fredsstudier (CPS), UiT, Norges arktiske universitet.

Last modified: 2022-01-21