Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC)

The Centre of Excellence for Resources, Extractive Industries and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC) is a Nordforsk Center of Excellence hosted by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and a number of additional partners.

REXSAC will focus on the study of extractive resource industries in the Arctic as cultural, social, economic, and ecological phenomena – from analysis of why resource extraction commences, what consequences it has for communities in the Arctic and beyond, and what opportunities exist for transitioning toward post-extractive futures. The cultural footprint of a mine is just as real as its environmental and economic footprint, and both must be considered as related (often inseparable) parts of a single whole. No program or centre with this mission currently exists anywhere in the world.