Centre for Northern Studies



Richard Fortier


Centre d'études nordiques - Université Laval
Pavillon Abitibi-Price, local 1202
2405, rue de la Terrasse
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
418 656-3340



Researchers: 97

Students and postdoctoral fellows: 179


CEN's mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of northern regions by way of an improved understanding and prediction of environmental change. Our research focuses on northern ecosystems and geosystems, and is used to formulate adaptation strategies relevant to the North. In partnership with national and international collaborators as well as with government, industry and northern communities, CEN plays a pivotal role in environmental stewardship and development of the circumpolar North through its research on cold environments. CEN trains high qualified specialists adept at dealing with the challenges brought about by rapid change in the dual context of climate warming and socio-economic change. CEN is devoted to knowledge exchange with communities, thereby contributing to education, training and the well-being of northerners.

Research Axes

  • Northern landscapes and ecosystems
  • Responses to climate change in the past, present and future
  • Environmental risk assessment and adapting to change

*The mission comes from the group's website.