Globalisation in the Russian North and concept of sustainable development
Anna Stammler-Gossmann

The main interest of this research direction is an analysis of how northern provinces of Russia are experiencing globalisation today and how they are adopting to rapid changes. While networks of regional and global interaction are strengthening, they have multiple and variable impacts across diverse locations. In my research I examine the process of making connections between places on the global scale and analyse different forms of regional and global interaction such as petty trade, tourism and northern identity. The nature of these changes is considered in their relationship to the policies that have been applied in the Russian federal and global context.

I also examine how the idea of sustainable development – imported from the West – is reinterpreted to make it a Russian concept and in this new way affects Russian political philosophy. I analyse the theoretical frame of sustainable development as principles and ideas in relation to national and international objectives. Based on empirical studies in the Russian North I investigate how the concept is applied on the regional level.

Research questions in pictures

Picture 1. Development: sustainable or stable? (Sakha-Yakutia), photo: A.Stammler-Gossmann

Picture 2: Globalisation or glocalisation? H&M store in Murmansk, photo: A. Stammler-Gossmann

Picture 3: Are the Kamchadals indigenous or not? Kamchatka, photo: A. Stammler-Gossmann

Picture 4: Tradition: invention or transition? Tea ceremony for the tourists. Kamchatka, photo:A.Stammler-Gossmann

Picture 5: Bottom-up globalisation: shuttle trader on the market in Sakha Yakutia, photo: A. Stammler-Gossmann

Picture 6: Livelihood: the world’s northernmost cattle breeding, Sakha Yakutia. Photo: Anna Stammler-Gossmann