Climate change is penetrating all biological processes in the Arctic. Increased accessibility of its natural resources is transforming the region into an important player in the global economy. This will change the livelihood of northern people who depend on the land.

Fennoscandian reindeer husbandry represents ecological, socio-economical and institutional gradients as reflected in different adaptations and management regimes. This opens for a comparative research approach; combining modelling with empirical data analyses and semi-experimental approaches within a Social-ecological System framework.

We here outline the main challenges for reindeer husbandry within a globalization and climate change perspective by defining six interrelated research work packages: