Member Institutions

CNARC is open to participation from Chinese and Nordic institutes with capacities to influence and coordinate Arctic research.


Current member institutes of CNARC are as follows.

Nordic member institutes


Chinese member institutes


Applications to become a CNARC Member Institute shall be submitted to the CNARC Secretariat.


Ms. Han Liu

Executive Secretary of CNARC

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Mr. Egill Thor Nielsson

Executive Secretary of CNARC

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Arctic Center, University of Lapland (Finland)



The Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland is built exclusively for Arctic research and outreach. Combining researchers, communicators and a science centre exhibition, it enjoys high international reputation and forms Finland's leading centre of excellence for the Arctic.
The research at the Arctic Centre focuses currently in three multidisciplinary fields. It has research group of global change, research group of sustainable development and the Northern Institute of environmental and minority law. The combination of social sciences, anthropology, nature sciences and law studies makes it possible to have a holistic understanding of the developments and life in the Arctic.
Arctic Centre communicates general and science based Arctic information using various communication methods and through experimental exhibitions. Arctic Centre's expertize is also utilized in the Arctic Council and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council activities.
Arctic Centre has an international staff of about 80. The Centre is located in the Arktikum house close to the Arctic Circle.



Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Norway)


8The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent Norwegian foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law. The Arctic is one of the Institute's main focus areas, with FNI closely following circumpolar processes in the Arctic Council and other relevant forums, as well as regional and bilateral cooperation. Recently, the institute embarked on a major project studying the interests and strategies of China and other Asian countries in the Arctic (see Norwegian-Russian relations in the High North are also a major focus of FNI research, with emphasis on environment, energy, fisheries, marine transport, health and security. The legal component of FNI's Arctic research is important. Since 2013, FNI is involved, as one of two founding institutions, in the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, with Arctic maritime law as a key research area.


Icelandic Center for Research (Iceland)


11The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture, as well as strategic research programmes. RANNIS coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in European programmes, such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe. RANNIS monitors resources and performance in R&D and promotes public awareness of research and innovation, education and culture in Iceland.
RANNIS cooperates closely with the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and provides professional assistance the preparation and implementation of the national science and technology policy. RANNIS reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and operates according to the Act on Public Support for Scientific Research (No. 3/2003).
RANNIS has a permanent staff of 43 but also relies on the involvement of external contacts, including scientists and technical experts who assist in the evaluation of grant proposals.


Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (Denmark)


9Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) is an academically independent Nordic research and resource center, focusing on modern Asia from a predominantly social sciences perspective. NIAS is an integrated part of the University of Copenhagen with the status of a centre under the Department of Political Science. Through the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC), in which leading Nordic universities and research institutions participate, NIAS organizes a well-functioning institutionalized cooperation that strengthens collaboration in the Nordic countries.
NIAS is more than a research institute. NIAS is also a resource centre containing a wide array of knowledge and skills, and with a broad network of contacts connecting people and institutions with expertise on Asia. Through conferences and workshops, accessible information resources, commentary on current affairs, and contact with media, government and businesses, we constantly seek to broaden knowledge of modern Asia in the Nordic region.


Norwegian Polar Institute (Norway)


6The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) is active within fields of scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities in strategic and thematic matters relating to the Polar Regions, represents Norway internationally on various occasions and is Norway's competent environmental authority in Antarctica. NPI's key activities are monitoring of climate, environment pollutants and biodiversity and geological and topographic mapping.
NPI is a directorate under the Ministry of Environment. The Ministry defines the scope and sets the tasks for NPI. The organization has grown rapidly in recent years as part of the Norwegian Government's strategic initiatives in the High North. NPI represents Norway in several international forums and collaborates with research institutes all over the world. NPI's results are obtained through research and environmental monitoring projects are passed to civil administration, research partners, expert groups, schools and the general public. NPI produces and distributes exhibits, books, reports and a scientific journal, Polar Research, often in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners.


Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (Sweden)


7The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat is a government agency mandated to coordinate and promote Swedish polar research. Its primary mission is organizing and supporting research expeditions to the polar regions and managing research infrastructure. The Secretariat also helps to create favorable conditions for polar research that does not involve fieldwork. The Secretariat's about 30 employees are engaged in research planning, research infrastructure, communication and administration. The Secretariat follows and supports scientists from concept to publication, through research expeditions and data collection, as well as making data available and communicating research findings. In order to advance high quality polar research and use of research findings in society, the Secretariat provides expertise and raises awareness of polar regions and polar research. Polar research plays a key role in climate change research. The Secretariat works actively to improve environmental protection in the polar regions. The Secretariat is involved in international negotiations and partnerships.


Shanghai Institutes for International Studies


3Founded in 1960, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) is a comprehensive research organization for studies of international politics, economy, security strategy and China's external relations. The SIIS is dedicated to serving for China's modernization drive, and for Shanghai's opening-up and economic development. It mainly studies the United States, Japan, Europe, Russia and the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on relations among major powers and China's periphery environment.

In 2011, SIIS established the center of maritime and polar studies. The main research fields of the center lie in the maritime affairs and polar affairs, especially Chinese Arctic and Antarctic policies, the building of maritime power of China, the Chinese maritime development strategy, maritime safety issue and the international cooperation on maritime and polar affairs.



Center for Polar and Oceanic Studies, Tongji University


5Center for Polar and Oceanic Studies (CPOS), Tongji University, established in 2009, is the first such academic institution in China's colleges and universities with the comprehensive studies on the Arctic and Antarctic politics, law, security, society, environment, economy, and China's polar strategy and polar policy.

CPOS is to best achieve the target of accumulating polar research resources, building research team, and promoting academic exchanges and cooperation with polar research institutions at home and abroad. The center is to develop itself by way of getting support from Tongji School of Political Science and International Relations, as well as support from other Tongji schools and colleges. CPOS also targets on the interdisciplinary studies based on the combination of humanities and social sciences with engineering and sciences by taking Tongji's advantages in the oceanic and environmental sciences. CPOS is dedicated to five issue area studies: 1) Polar International Organization Studies; 2) Polar Political and Security Studies; 3) Polar Policy Studies; 4) Polar Environmental, Resources and Social Studies; and 5) Polar and Oceanic Management Institution Studies.



Research Institute of Polar Law and Politics, Ocean University of China


1Institute of Polar Law and Politics of the Ocean University of China, founded in 2010, is one of the first Chinese academic institutions established in China dedicated to a comprehensive research on Arctic and Antarctic law and politics, as well as to the training of talents. In the past three year, the institute has undertaken a series of international and national research projects, published a certain amount of research outcomes home and abroad, as well as developed collaborative relations with universities and academic institutions in the Arctic States (e.g. the U.S., Russia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Norway), and also in Japan and Korea in East Asia. So far, the institute has become an influential think-tank in the field of polar research both nationally and internationally.



Polar Research Institute of China


2Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) founded in 1989, dedicates itself to the scientific research and logistic support for the polar expedition. The main functions of PRIC are 1) to conduct research of science, technology and strategic issues in the polar regions; 2) to undertake environments monitoring and conservation in the polar regions; 3) to operate research stations, vessels and aircrafts and provide logistic supports to Arctic/Antarctic research expeditions; 4) to carry out education and outreach of polar science and promote international cooperation.

The Division of polar strategic studies within PRIC, founded in 2009, takes the responsibilities of the tracing and analysis of the polar circumstances, and the research on the strategic issues in the domains of polar politics, economy, science & technology, as well as security. It shall provide advices for the national decision-making related to the Polar Regions and build the brand of an influential think-tank with regard to the polar strategic studies.