Project information

Project information
ARCTIC Centre for Human-to-Environment Oriented Studies: Impact of Climate Change and Human Activities in the Arctic (ARCTOS MU)

Project Identification
Project Period
3/2020 - 8/2025
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Masaryk University
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Social Studies
Other MU Faculty/Unit
Faculty of Law
Other MU Faculty/Unit
Faculty of Science

The objective of the project is to investigate the impact of climate change and human activities on natural environment in the Arctic. The research focuses on both the challenges and risk assessment in terrestrial ecosystems. The research team will investigate the relation of natural environment changes to the human-to-environment interaction, as well as the consequences for the geopolitical, legal and security developments in the Arctic region. Based on gained findings, the team will develop risks analysis and recommendations for mitigating the impact of environmental changes on the natural environment and population in the specific Arctic territories.

One of the key outputs of the project is the ARCTOS MU: ARCTIC Centre for Human-to-Environment Oriented Studies (ARCTOS) at Masaryk University (MU). By establishing the Centre, MU will (i) directly contribute to encouraging interdisciplinary innovative research with high added value and international impact, (ii) enhance the prestige of the Arctic-related research, and (iii) increase international cooperation. The interdisciplinary team will be composed of eight scientists with different specialization from three faculties of the Masaryk University – Faculty of Social Studies, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Law. The Centre will serve as a platform for enhancing future interdisciplinary research and cooperation with the ambition to succeed in international prestigious grant applications.

Innovative aspects of the project lie in the interdisciplinary character of the Arctic research across different specializations – natural science, social science and law, which has not been combined and investigated yet. Additionally, the project is unique due to its specific science communication and dissemination of research findings. The project is unique in its science communication and dissemination of research findings, which aims at four levels of audiences – (i) academic community, (ii) policymakers, (iii) general public, and (iv) students. In addition, the research project supports the inclusion of female scientists.

Sustainable Development Goals

Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  7 – Affordable and clean energy Sustainable Development Goal No.  8 – Decent work and economic growth Sustainable Development Goal No.  9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable Development Goal No.  11 – Sustainable cities and communities Sustainable Development Goal No.  13 – Climate action Sustainable Development Goal No.  15 – Life on land Sustainable Development Goal No.  16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions


Total number of publications: 18

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