Barents studies: past, present and future
November, 4-5 2014, Rovaniemi, Finland

A symposium is organized in November, 4-5 2014, in Rovaniemi, Finland to celebrate the establishment of the new academic journal, Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics.

The establishment of Barents Studies is part of a growing international interest in the Arctic. Today the Arctic is again at the heart of international interest mostly because of its abundant natural resources. It is important to provide research-based information about the region and its development to various stakeholders both within and outside the region. Barents Studies is the result of current regional research cooperation in the Barents Region. There is a strong basis for education and research in the Barents Region thanks to many universities, colleges and other educational institutes. There are many fora and publications dedicated to the region that provide general information about the region, such as Barentsinfo, BarentsObserver, BarentSaga and Barents Mediasphere, but fewer avenues for the publication of research-based knowledge about the region and its development. Barents Studies aims to fill this gap.The establishment of this journal has been made possible thanks to the funding of a two-year project by the EU Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme. 
The aim of this symposium is to advance collaboration among senior and younger scholars; to network with new potential contributors; and to discuss with various stakeholders about the state and future of research and collaboration in the Barents Region. 

Barents Studies: Past, present and future

Preliminary program 30.9.2014

4.11.2014 Barents Studies: Past, present and future

09:00-10:40       Perspectives to Barents Studies
09:15-09:20       Opening words
09:20-09:40       Peter Sköld, Arctic Research Centre, Umeå University: Research challenges in
                          the Barents Region – an Arctic perspective
09:40-10:00       Larissa Riabova, Luzin Institute of Economic Studies: TBA
10:00-10:20       Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute, University of Tromsø: Futuring the Barents
                          Region, futuring Barents studies
10:20-10:40       Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland: Politics in/of Barents    
10:40-11:00       coffee
11:00-12:30       Current Barents projects 
11:00-11:20       TBA: Cross-border development – perspectives from Salla and Alakurtti
11:20-11:40       Lars Miguel Utsi, Luleå Sami Centre: Indigenous entrepreunership in the Barents
11.40-12.00       Leena Suopajärvi, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland: Sustainable
                          mining, local communities and environmental regulation in Kolarctic area                
12.00-12.20       Minna Turunen, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland:  Adaptation actions for a
                          changing Arctic -  Barents regional integrated assessment report 
12.20-12.30       Marjaana Lahdenranta, Regional Council of Lapland: News from Kolarctic  ENI
12:30-13:30        lunch
13:30-14:30       Young Researchers’ Barents forum I
13.30-13.50       Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö, University of Tampere: How, where and with what data to
                          study the consequences of the mining industry for disadvantaged groups in
                          northern Finland and northern Odisha?
13.50-14.10       Gregory A. Poelzer, University of Technology in Luleå: A stake in mining:
                          Participatory elements in Swedish mine development
14.10-14.30       Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, Gender studies unit, University of Lapland: Setting the
                          pace for Arctic development: Politics of knowledge and the power of presence

14.30-14.45    coffee

14.45-16.00   Young Researchers’ Barents Forum II 
14.45-15.05   Sander Goes, University of Nordland: The impact of power networks on international
                      educational cooperation between Norwegian and Russian HEI’s.
15.05-15.25   Nafisa Yeasmin, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland: Political economy of cross
                      border halal meat trade in the Barents Region
15.25-15.45   Karina Kunavina, University of Oulu/Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk:
                      Condition of oral health in elderly people living in the North of Russia

15.45-16.00   Concluding discussion

19.00             Dinner

5.11. Barents project day (for project participants only)

9.00-12.00      Joint meeting of the Barents Studies editorial and steering groups (incl. coffee

12.00-13.00     lunch

13.00-16.00     NEO-BEAR planning meeting (incl. coffee break)


Please register your participation to symposium organizer by October 15, 2014 by email to project coordinator Marjo Lindroth ( Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet. 

Travel and accommodation

The participants are expected to organize their own travel and cover their travel expenses. For doctoral students some modest travel support is available. Information about accommodation and travel to Rovaniemi can be found from:

More information

Seminar organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (