The International Network Exploring Youths and Fashions in the Arctic

The aim of this network is to expand the existing but limited knowledge of fashion practices in remote locations. The focus is on youths in the Arctic region living in rural as well as urban contexts. This approach is important for expanding the understanding of fashion and identity practices and for attaining a more nuanced understanding of everyday life, norms and values, aesthetic negotiations, economic dispositions and social status manifestations in the Arctic region.

Youth in the arctic
Photo: Arny Koor Mogensen

The network will make it possible to exchange knowledge and develop small case studies in order to prepare a larger research project that explores the entanglement of youths and fashions in the Arctic.

Youths in the Artic represent the future of the region and studying their identity formation including aspirational consumption and perceptions of belonging through fashion contribute to preparing for a social sustainable development.

Network activities

The network activities centers on four explorative workshops.

  Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4
Date March 2021 May 2021 November 2021 March 2022
Duration 2 days 5 days 6 days 2 days
Location Copenhagen Nuuk Moscow + Krasnoyarsk (Siberia) Copenhagen
Host Marie Riegels Melchior Rosannequaq Rossen Liudmila Aliabieva Maria Mackinney-Valentin
Participants All 6 network members All 6 network members All 6 network members All 6 network members


























Logo ’Ministry of Higher Education and Science Denmark

Project period: 1 Jan. 2020 - Dec 2021
PI:  Marie Riegels Melchior


The explorative network consists of a core group of six scholars who share interest in the study of youths and fashions in the Arctic region.


Marie Riegels Melchior Associate Professor The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen
Maria MacKinney-Valentin Associate Professor The Royal Academy School of Design
Mette Mechlenborg Senior researcher Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut


Rosannguaq Rossen Assistant professor
PhD scholar
University of Greenland


Dr. Liudmila Aliabieva Head of the
PhD Programme

Higher School of Economics,


Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir Associate Professor University of Iceland