Staff – University of Copenhagen

Frank Sejersen

Frank Sejersen

Associate Professor

Current research

My current research project focusses on the relation between mining activities in Greenland and their importance in the negotiation of Greenlandic identities. The project addresses historical as well as contemporary mining projects and debates.

Primary fields of research

Cultural studies of societal transformations in Greenland and Canada based on cross-cultural methods and theory. Seven fields of problems have my particular interest:

1. industrialization and extractive industries
2. Climate change and adaptation strategies
3. Use and management of natural resources (sustainability and biodiversity)
4. Indigenous peoples' rights and selv-governance
5. The Arctic research history
6. Urbanisation and migration
7. Economic strategies and the growth imperative


  • Cross-cultural analysis
  • History of anthropological theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Organizational theory
  • Cultural analysis
  • Industrialization
  • Globalization
  • Ethnicity
  • Politics and economy
  • Environmental management and knowledge regimes
  • Traditional and contemporary cultural and social issues in the Arctic (eg social organization, exchange, economy and land rights).

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change: New Northern Horizons

    Sejersen, F. 3 Apr 2015 London & New York: Routledge. 235 p. (Earthscan Science in Society Series).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published
  3. Published

    Klimatilpasning og skaleringspraksisser

    Sejersen, F. 2014 Klima og mennesker: Humanistiske perspektiver på klimaforandringer. Sørensen, M. & Eskjær, M. F. (eds.). København: Museum Tusculanum, p. 59-79 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Resilience, human agency and climate change adaptation strategies in the Arctic

    Sejersen, F. 2009 In : Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab. Historisk-Filosofiske Meddelelser. 106, p. 218-244

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Mobility, climate change and social dynamics in the Arctic: the creation of new horizons of expectation and the role of the community

    Sejersen, F. 21 Aug 2012 Climate change and human mobility: global challenges to the social sciences. Hastrup, K. & Olwig, K. F. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 225-254 30 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Referencegruppen for Polarforskningskonferencen 2015 (External organisation)

    Sejersen, F. (Member)
    23 Mar 201523 Mar 2016

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Baggrundsgruppe for CreoDKs arktiske satsning ifht Horizon 2020 (External organisation)

    Sejersen, F. (Member)
    1 Jan 20151 Jan 2016

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

  3. Sustainability Science Centre (External organisation)

    Sejersen, F. (Member)
    1 Jul 201031 Dec 2014

    Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

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