Pamela Lesser


Pamela Lesser is a researcher of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM).

Pamela Lesser is a researcher within the Arctic Governance Research Group, where she focuses on sustainable mining practices in the north, and in particular, the social license to operate (SLO) concept. As part of a Horizon 2020 project on EU mining regions, she is currently leading the effort that will result in European Union SLO Guidelines and a SLO Toolkit.

Pamela’s background is in land use and urban planning as well as in environmental impact assessment. Prior to her work at the Arctic Centre, Ms. Lesser was a Fellow of Ecologic Institute – U.S., a Berlin-based think-tank, with projects related to smart cities and spatial planning. Ms. Lesser has extensive experience in the public sector, working for consultancies as well as with NGOs. As the National Policy Analyst at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, she served as a policy advisor to the Executive Director. Pamela Lesser was educated at Georgetown University, the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Political Science, M.A., Urban Planning), and conducted post-graduate studies in environmental policy at the RAND Corporation and in environmental science and policy at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Lapland.


  • Master’s of Arts in Urban Planning (University of California Los Angeles, USA)
  • Postgraduate studies in environmental policy (RAND Corporation, USA)
  • Postgraduate studies in environmental science and policy (Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.)



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