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Digging in the dark: reviewing international literature to address impending policy challenges for Swedish and Finnish mining


  • Gregory Poelzer

    (Luleå University of Technology)

  • Stefan Linde

    (Mid Sweden University)

  • Sverker C. Jagers

    (University of Gothenburg)

  • Simon Matti

    (Luleå University of Technology)


The mining industries of Sweden and Finland currently face several policy issues around investment, stakeholder involvement, and sustainability. Since the two countries garnered significant attention during the mining boom, research from a social sciences perspective grew significantly. One approach to understanding how these issues in Sweden and Finland compare to international examples is through an analysis of the policy development framework. Looking at three factors—institutions, actors, and process—gives a broad overview of the imminent challenges in both Sweden and Finland and potential lessons from existing research that point to similar problems and their solutions. As the mining operations continue to sit at the center of different values, capable policy is required.

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  • Gregory Poelzer & Stefan Linde & Sverker C. Jagers & Simon Matti, 2021. "Digging in the dark: reviewing international literature to address impending policy challenges for Swedish and Finnish mining," Mineral Economics, Springer;Raw Materials Group (RMG);Luleå University of Technology, vol. 34(2), pages 225-238, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:minecn:v:34:y:2021:i:2:d:10.1007_s13563-021-00255-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s13563-021-00255-6

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