Leneisja Jungsberg

(Research Fellow Nordregio and Ph.D. student, Copenhagen University)


She is specialised in the field of applied research working with national, regional and local stakeholders to support regional development including impacts from large scale industries, local business diversification, participatory methods, community development, rural social innovation initiatives, socio-economic assessments and Arctic cooperation and sustainability.  

Currently she is employed as a Research Fellow at Nordregio and she has also been part of the secretariat for the Nordic working group for Sustainable Regional Development in the Arctic where it is carried out a three-step foresight analysis to assess opportunities and challenges for sustainable regional development in the Nordic Arctic. During the extensive work with the Foresight Analysis she facilitated several workshops to gather knowledge with the purpose to develop concrete recommendations to regional planners and policy-makers.  

Research interest 

Her research focuses on local and regional development in the Nordic countries and Arctic and she has been involved in various research projects focusing on impacts of large-scale mining, small and medium enterprise development, young people and education. Her Ph.D. thesis is about Community strategies creating local development in rural and remote areas of the Nordic region and it consist of series of three articles examining social, economic and environmental aspects of collaborative strategies supporting local development.  

She is also part of the Horizon 2020 project Nunataryuk on permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic adaptation. She is responsible for the work carried out in Greenland focusing on indicators for permafrost and climate change, natural resource management, local economic development and coastal community planning.  

Connection to LICCI project:  

Being part of the LICCI project gives her the perfect opportunity to learn a new approach to study local indicators of climate change that is highly relevant for her research in Arctic communities. People in Greenland experience the climate change more and more intensively and together with globalisation it is one of the strongest drivers of local change. To deepen the understanding of climate change and work with community members in the data collections can be an important step to bring local knowledge into policy-making processes and influence national decision-making and international cooperation.