Aileen A. Espíritu

Aileen A. EspirituAileen A. Espíritu, Ph.D.
HSL-Fak / Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
UiT Norges Arktiske Universitet / UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Mobile: +47 4588 5997
e.mail:  aileen.a.espiritu(at) or aaespiritu(at)

Co-Editor, Barents Studies,
Associate Editor, Polar Geography,

Aileen has ongoing research on sustainable development in the Arctic regions, notably its urban areas; region-building in the Arctic and the Barents Region; identity politics in indigenous and non-indigenous Northern communities; the impact of industrialization and post-industrialization on mono-industry towns in the High North; and the politics of community sustainability in Russia in comparative perspective. She is the Principal Investigator for the Norwegian Research Council-funded project ARCSUS: Arctic Urban Sustainability in Russia (2012-2015) examining the social, economic, political, and cultural sustainability in Arctic cities. ARCSUS is an international project with consortia partners from six countries. This project continues from 2015-2018 with funding from the Norwegian Research Council Polar Programme and NordForsk under the Belmont Forum. Espíritu is also a main partner in the Norwegian Research Council research project Future North that focuses on the knowledge production on new landscape typologies, include the everyday in the category of landscape, and explore tools to articulate and narrate such perspectives. Her main analysis for the project is the impact of the international political economy, including extractive industries, on communities in the Arctic. Espíritu was also the Norwegian lead in the EU-FP7 project EUBORDERREGIONS analyzing the geopolitics of borders in the outer edges of the Schengen. She is a co-editor in the international refereed journal Barents Studies.


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