The TUARQ Network on Gender Equality in the Arctic
TUARQ is a cross-disciplinary research network that aims to strengthen and further develop the research community related to gender equality in the Arctic.
The network involves about 30 researchers from these universities in Norway, Sweden, The Russian Federation, Finland and Canada:
- Tromsø, The Arctic University of Tromsø (UiT)
- Umeå, Umeå University
- Archangelsk, Northern (Arctic) Federal University after the M.V. Lomonosov, Archangelsk (NArFU)
- Rovaniemi, University of Lapland
- Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
The network started in 2011 and has up to date carried through five conferences and workshops. The sixth meeting took place in Umeå in May 2015.
The collaboration in TUARQ is centered round the theme “Toward a Gender Equal Human Development in the Arctic”. A broad area of research issues are represented and the research within the network is divided into five sub-themes:
- Governance, labour market and economic development
- Intimate relations in mobility
- Sami livelihoods and gender aspects
- Gendered abuse
- Health and welfare
The first publication from the network was published in Arctic Yearbook 2014: Lahey, K., Svensson, E-M. and Gunnarsson, Å., Gender Challenges & Human Capital in the Arctic. A joint publication summarizing the research so far within the network will be published in Nordic Journal on Law and Society in March 2017.
Representatives for TUARQ have participated in different meetings within the Arctic context, for example:
- The May 2013 Arctic Council Minister Meeting in Kiruna which ended the Swedish Chairmanship.
- The conference Gender Equality in the Arctic: current realities, future challenges arranged on Iceland in October 2014 in cooperation between (amongst others) The Nordic Council of Ministers and The Arctic Council. See more information here and here.
TUARQ is affiliated to several Nordic and transnational research collaborations, such as NORSIL on Sámi and Indigenous Peoples Law, the Network on Child Law and the Nordic Network on Gender Legal Studies (Kjønn og rett i Norden).
Cooperation with governing bodies, Sami Parliaments, Sami/Indigenous associations, civil society and the surrounding community is an important part of the activity within the network. One important partner in civil society is The Women's shelters and crises centres network in the Arctic region.
The network is at the moment coordinated by Umeå Forum for Studies on Law and Society. Responsible for coordinating the respective university partnerships are:
- Eva-Maria Svensson, professor in law, UiT
- Monica Burman, associate professor in criminal law, Umeå University
- Päivi Naskali, professor in gender studies, University of Lapland
- Kathleen Lahey, professor in law, Queens University
- Tatiana Zykina, professor in law, NArFU