Dr. Sanna Kopra is a Senior Researcher in the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law of the Arctic Centre at University of Lapland, Finland. She is also a Senior Fellow at The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies in Washington D.C.
Sanna’s research focuses on global environmental politics, international norms of responsibility, and international relations in the Arctic region. As the author of China and Great Power Responsibility for Climate Change and a co-editor of Chinese Policy and Presence in the Arctic, Sanna is most known for her research on China's Arctic and climate policy.
Between September 2018 and August 2021, Sanna worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Arctic Governance research group at the Arctic Centre of University of Lapland, and a visiting scholar at the Aleksanteri Institute of University of Helsinki. Her project "The Rise of China and Normative Transformation in the Arctic Region” was funded by the Academy of Finland, a major Finnish funding agency for academic research. In the project, Sanna examined the ways in which China's growing regional engagement shapes the normative order in the Arctic region (and will do so in the future). In 2018, Sanna received the International Studies Association (ISA) English School Section’s Outstanding Research Paper Award for her work “China and international climate responsibility: Agency and Institutional Change”, which was first presented at the ISA 2017 conference.