Adam Stepien is a political scientist working at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in Finland. His research interests focus on Arctic governance, Arctic cooperation, regional development, as well as the EU in the Arctic. Mr. Stepien has been involved in a number of policy support projects for the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and Finland’s Prime Minister’s Office. He authored articles, book chapters and reports on Arctic Council, Arctic economic developments, Nordic Arctic innovation, Sámi politics, development cooperation with Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous-to-Indigenous development cooperation. Recently, he has been working on the prospects for innovation, knowledge-based economy and endogenous entrepreneurship promotion in the northernmost part of Europe. He also examined the consequences of the Russian invasion on Ukraine on Arctic cooperation and on the EU’s Arctic policy. At present, he is involved in Horizon 2020 projects dedicated to justice and sustainability in Arctic governance (JUSTNORTH: Toward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic) and to enhancing the pan-Arctic data systems (Arctic PASSION). He has been teaching courses on foresight methodology in Iceland and Arctic governance in Finland.