Reindeer husbandry in a Globalizing North - resilience, adaptations and pathways for actions (NCoE ReiGN)

Climate change is penetrating all biological processes and production systems in the Arctic. Increased accessibility of its natural resources is transforming the region into an important player in the global economy. This will change the livelihood of northern people who depend on the land.

The overall aim of the ReiGN is to understand how climate change and other processes in the Arctic will affect reindeer husbandry in Fennoscandia and how reindeer husbandry can adapt to these drivers. Fennoscandian reindeer husbandry represents ecological, socio-economical and institutional gradients as reflected in different adaptations and management regimes. This opens for a comparative research approach; combining modelling with empirical data analyses and semi-experimental approaches within a Social-ecological System framework. By integrating perspectives from natural and social sciences as well as economics, we will identify key drivers, including internal drivers, and dissect their effects on the industry.

Scientific Publications

From wild to domestic reindeer – Genetic evidence of a non-native origin of reindeer pastoralism in northern Fennoscandia

Published: 2018-06-01
Author: Knut H. Røed, Ivar Bjørklund, Bjørnar J. Olsen.

The narrow gap between norms and cooperative behaviour in a reindeer herding community

Published: 2018-02-01
Author: Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas, Bård-Jørgen Bårdsen, Marius Warg Næss.

The Pursuit of Population Collapses: Long-Term Dynamics of Semi-Domestic Reindeer in Sweden

Published: 2017-01-03
Author: Bård-Jørgen Bårdsen, Marius Warg Næss, Navinder J. Singh, Birgitta Åhman.

Facts about the project

Project number: 76915

Project leader

Professor Øystein Holand, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)