International Ph.D. School for Studies of Arctic Societies – University of Copenhagen

IPSSAS (International Ph.D. School for Studies of Arctic Societies) is a result of collaboration between a group of professors, researchers and Northerners belonging to different institutions and having a long time involvement in the study of Arctic Societies.

It started to develop in the mid-1990s, through a variety of activities: collaborative research projects carried out in Greenland and the Canadian Eastern Arctic, development of post-secondary and graduate curricula in some northern institutions, exchange of students and faculty between Europe and Canada, framework agreements between universities/colleges of the Arctic or involved in the study of Arctic societies.

Meetings of formal planning in Copenhagen (November 2000), Québec City (May 2001) and Copenhagen (August 2001) led to the emergence of IPSSAS as both an international Ph.D. school and an international network of researchers centred on the study of Arctic Societies.