REPAIR is a Jean Monnet Module supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is hosted at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The abbreviation REPAIR stands for ‘Re-focusing the European Green Deal on the protection of the environment, security and Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the Arctic’. 

It is a Master’s and PhD level extracurricular module that supports various Master’s programmes, ranging from political science and law to earth sciences and environmental resource management.

Alongside 5 professors from VU Amsterdam in politics and law:

  • Prof. Wolfgang Wagner (VU Amsterdam- Department of Political Science and Public Administration
  • Prof. Tanja Aalberts (VU Amsterdam, Law Faculty)
  • Prof. Gareth Davies (VU Amsterdam, Law Faculty)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oscar Widerberg (VU Amsterdam- Institute for Environmental  Studies)
  • And me, Assist. Prof. Dr. Özlem Terzi as coordinator (VU Amsterdam- Department of Political Science and Public Administration),

our teachers’ team also includes

  • Prof. Dr. Monica Tennberg (Arctic Centre- University of Lapland)
  • Dr. Marjo Lindroth (Arctic Centre- University of Lapland).

Interested students from University of Lapland can join students of Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in this online module. Online learning environment is within the online learning platform of VU Amsterdam.

Our public events can be attended by everyone interested in the topics covered in this project. Please see our Events page for our upcoming events and registration.

Opening Event takes place on 25th November. Please see the Events page for the programme and registration (upcoming soon).


Format lecture and/or seminar as preferred by the teacher

1st teaching session December 7, 8 & 9 (2 hours each): lecture/seminar by Prof. Dr. Monica Tennberg: Introducing the Arctic.

2nd teaching session January 10 & 12:  lecture/seminar by Dr. Özlem Terzi: The European Union and the European Green Deal in the Arctic

3rd teaching session February: 6 & 8: lecture/seminar by Prof Wolfgang Wagner, Territorial conflict in the Arctic: The risk of armed conflict and prospects of peaceful settlement

4th teaching session February  22&23:  lecture/seminar by Dr. Marjo Lindroth: Politics of resources, (in)dependence and contemporary colonialism in the Arctic: case Greenland

5th teaching session March 13 & 15:- lecture/seminar by Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies: From the European Green Deal to Geo-engineering: Human efforts to mitigate/ adapt to climate change and implications for the Arctic

6th teaching session April 12-18 (exact date to be determined):   lecture /seminar Prof. Dr. Tanja Aalberts Law and Politics of Protection in the Arctic’

7th teaching session May 12 at 13.00-17.00:  lecture/seminar Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oscar Widerberg: Environmental Governance in the Arctic: How low politics can have high impact

May 22 – draft submission for feedback: Policy outlook papers- optional group work.

If good, these papers will be published on REPAIR web-page and students will discuss the content with experts from the field in the Closing Event.

Closing event, June 9 (tentative): Students discuss their policy outlook papers with experts, practitioners and policy makers.

Teaching sessions take place in the late afternoon/evenings 17.00-19.00- Amsterdam time (18.00-20.00 Rovaniemi time ), except on 12th May, which is scheduled at 13.00-17.00, Amsterdam time.