Professor Peter Sköld

Professor, Executive Director, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University

Peter Sköld is a professor in history, Sami culture and society development at Umeå University, Sweden. He is the director of the Centre for Arctic Research, and senior researcher at Vaartoe – Centre for Sami Research.

Sköld’s research profile includes historical demography, population statistics, indigenous health transitions and northern cultures. He has an extensive list of publications, and is the editor of fifteen books and author of five monographies. He was one of the authors of Arctic Human Development Report II and this year he was co-author of an article on indigenous health that was published in The Lancet. Peter Sköld has an active engagement in Arctic research planning, in stakeholder cooperation, and international collaboration.

He has been responsible for organizing 60 conferences and workshops and is a promotor of popular science. He has appeared more than 100 times in radio and television. Sköld is president of International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), vice chair for WG Human and Social Sciences in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and member of the Borad of Governors of the University of the Arctic. He is also a member of the Arctic Council Culture, Economy and Geography Expert Group.

In 2015 Peter Sköld was appointed Honorary Consul of Västerbotten to Latvia and this year he became official Climate Ambassador of Västerbotten. He is also 2014-2018 Sköld is co-scientific leader of the 4,5 million Euro project New Governance for Sustainable Development in the European Arctic, involving 35 researchers.