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The aims of the research project The Arctic governance triangle: government, Indigenous peoples and industry in change (TriArc) are to examine how large development projects like mining, production of electric power, and aquaculture challenge traditional resource use and management, and the types of governance arrangements established to regulate the relationship between traditional land use and large industrial development.

The project includes a significant comparative component assessing the countries in the circumpolar area –  Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden –  as well as drawing upon Australian experiences where Indigenous peoples have experience with new projects on resource development. By comparing regions and nation states, the purpose is to clarify which conditions frame these processes; both regional and national, and elements at the international level (companies and international regulations).