The Centre for Sami Studies has been and is engaged in addressing the challenges of industrial activities versus traditional land use and indigenous rights.
- 2011: Indigenous peoples in marine industries - conflict or opportunity?
- In 2012 the centre in cooperation with the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (WGIP) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arranged a conference on extractive industries and indigenous peoples.
- 2012: Urfolk i skvis mellom miljø og næring – Eksemplet tjæresand
- In 2013 the centre in cooperation with the WGIP and Gáldu – the Resoruce centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples arranged a side event of the Arctic Frontiers on Economic Development in the Indigenous North.
- Also in 2013 the centre in cooperation with the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region arranged the mini seminar To mine or not to mine
- 2014: OECD Guidelines and Protection of Indigenous Rights
- 2016: Discursive Constraints on Indigenous Participation in Economic Opportunities
- 2012-2018: The Focal Point North Project