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Global Arctic Project Portugal

Start and End of Project
2014 - Ongoing

Principal Investigator
Professor Sandra Balão


Research Team

Researcher Institutional Affiliation
 Sandra Balão CAPP/ISCSP
 Lassi Heininen
University of Lapland
 Mathias Finger
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
 Mário Rodrigues Pontes
 Carolina Silva CAPP/ISCSP
 Valter Cláudio CAPP/ISCSP



The GlobalArctic project aims to foster a comprehensive and trans-disciplinary approach of the Arctic in a global ecological, cultural, economic, geopolitical and societal context. In particular, it aims, on the one hand, at understanding the dynamics of the Arctic, as it increasingly becomes part of global changes, the world-wide resources and transportation economy, as well as global geopolitics and geo-economics with a danger of an ‘irreversible collapse’ of industrial civilization. Yet, on the other hand, the Arctic already is, and increasingly will be, a key agent of global changes, as it is also a place from where a paradigmatic change in global governance, as well as that in security, can emerge.

Consequently, the GlobalArctic project aims to become an international and interdisciplinary research project, as well as an international center of excellence, on the globalized Arctic with sites in several Arctic states and regions, and partners all over the Northern Hemisphere.


This project is developed in different lines of research:

  1. The Arctic Region and CPLP security arrangements/challenges - North and South Atlantic Oceans in Comparison
  2. Power, public policies and climate change







  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2017), “(In)Segurança: Novos Espaços de Crise”, in  Lara,  António  de Sousa (Org.) (2017), O Fim da Segurança, Ed. MGI, Lisboa, pp. 105-181.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2017), “The Arctic Region in the XXI century – from a non-actor to an IR political actor”, in Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies Section Conference: Cooperation and Contestation in World Politics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, June 28-30 (Actas).
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2016), “A Geopolítica e Geoestratégia do Árctico no século XXI: Inovação ou Recorrência? Um problema de Geopolítica Aplicada”, in  Lara,  António  de Sousa (Org.) (2016), Previsão e Mudança. Estudos Políticos e Internacionais, Ed. MGI, Lisboa. Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2016), “A Questão do Árctico. O Jogo Geoestratégico”, IV Edição do Dia da Estratégia – Estudos Estratégicos do Mar. Análise da Conjuntura, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Lisboa, 19 de Maio.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2015), “Árctico – Geopolítica Crítica e Guerra”, in Lara, António de Sousa (Org.) (2015), Em Caso de Guerra, Ed. MGI, Lisboa, pp. 39-88.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2015), “A Bacia do Árctico: desafios para o século XXI”, Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares, Lisboa, 22 Janeiro.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues e Pontes, Mário (2015), “The Geoeconomic tensions of the Arctic – resources and sustainable development: actas”, In the Spirit of Rovaniemi Process – Local and Global Arctic, Rovaniemi, November.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues e Pontes, Mário (2015), “The Geopolitics of Arctic rearming programs and the future of co-operation: actas”, In the Spirit of Rovaniemi Process – Local and Global Arctic, Rovaniemi, November.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues (2015), “The arctic region as an IR political actor ‐ a multilevel and multidimensional geopolitical challenges. Analysis for the XXst century: actas”, III Arctic Circle Assembly Conference, Breakout Session ‐ Arctic Security: Future Security of the Arctic Resources, Energy, Environmental / Human Security, Reykjavik, October 18.
  • Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues et al (Org.) (2014), “Geoestratégia, Europa e Poder no Árctico”, in Balão, Sandra Maria Rodrigues et al (Org.) (2014), A Segurança nas Relações Transatlânticas, XII Congresso da AACDN, Ed. MGI, Lisboa, pp. 31-46.