Dr. Sanna Kopra is a Senior Researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, Finland. She is also a Senior Fellow at The Arctic Institute, a Washington-based think tank. Her research focuses on global environmental politics, international norms of responsibility, and international politics in the Arctic. Currently, she leads three projects: “A Planetary Approach to Global Arctic politics” (2022-2024), “Climate Responsibility as a Cornerstone of Multilateral Cooperation?” (2022-2025), and “China’s Arctic policy and changing security dynamics in the Arctic” (2021-2022). She is the author of China and Great Power Responsibility for Climate Change (Routledge 2019) and a co-editor of Chinese Policy and Presence in the Arctic (Brill Publishing 2020).
Between September 2018 and August 2021, Sanna worked as an Academy of Finland post-doctoral research fellow in the Arctic Governance research group at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and as a visiting scholar at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. In her project, “The Rise of China and Normative Transformation in the Arctic Region,” Sanna examined how China's growing regional engagement shapes the normative order in the Arctic region (and will do so in the future).