Research professor, Team leader
Educated as a political scientist (international relations) Monica has studied Arctic politics since early 1990s. Today she focuses in her research to Foucaultian politics of everyday life, including political economy of extreme weather events; practices of neoliberal regionalism and their local implications; and social dimensions in Arctic politics.
PhD candidate Adrian Braun
Adrian holds a Master´s degree in Sustainability, Economics and Management from the University of Oldenburg (Germany). His main research focus is on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Barents Region. Amongst others, he is interested to reveal incentives and benefits to implement CSR strategies in organizations that are operating in the Barents Region and to analyze the significance of Global (CSR) Standards in the northern regions of Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.
PhD candidate Ilona Mettiäinen
Ilona holds a Master’s degree in Regional Studies from the University of Tampere and is conducting her doctoral research in Sociology at the University of Lapland. The topic of her multidisciplinary doctoral research is the use of knowledge in environmental and regional development related strategic planning. With a case study from Finnish Lapland, her research focuses empirically on regional level proactive climate change adaptation strategies in the Arctic. Ilona’s other research interests include collaborative planning, regional development in Arctic areas, multiple-use of nature, cartography (historical maps in particular), sustainable Arctic tourism, relational planning theory, and actor-network theory.