Barents Studies discuss mayoral strategies, Northern identity and global megaprojects

28.9.2017 8:00

The new issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Barents Studies feature three very different articles that foreground three studies located in the Barents and Euro-Arctic regions. One of the overarching commonality among the articles is that they all use comparison in order to make cogent observations about historical and present-day communities in the Barents High North and Arctic. The journal features four young scholars of the Barents Region: Camilla Brattland, Morgan Ip, Maria Lvova, and Gerald Zojer.

Bjørnå and Mikalsen’s clearly written and richly analysed “Working for development in the High North: Mayoral strategies and leadership styles” gives readers a valuable, and somewhat surprising, conclusion that mayors from diverse locales and economies in the Norwegian High North employ the same strategy of emphasizing “their role as political/policy entrepreneurs”.

Moi’s article “Imagining Northern Norway: Visual configurations of the North in the art of Kaare Espolin Johnson and Bjarne Holst” introduces us to how the beguiling art of these two artists, compared and contrasted by Moi, and filtered through Benedict Anderson’s seminal work on nationalism, Imagined Communities, created a Northern identity for those living in Northern Norway.

In the third refereed article in this issue, Nilsen and Jòhannesson gives us detailed case study analyses of three energy megaproject developments in Northern Norway and Iceland in their article “Assessment of the firm–region coupling in the Arctic: Local content and innovative institutional regulations”, confirming that the Barents Region and the Arctic are intricately connected to the global marketplace.

Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics is published in electronic form. The journal is an open access publication and is free of charge: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:ula-201709131308.

Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics is an international journal that publishes double-blind peer-reviewed articles. The project partners are the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland (Lead Partner, Finland), the Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), and the Barents Institute at the University of Troms (Norway).

More information:

Aileen Aseron Espíritu, Chief editor of Barents Studies
The Barents Institute, The University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway

Research Professor Monica Tennberg, Editor of Barents Studies
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi, +358 400 192 005

Link to the online version: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:ula-201709131308
Previous issues of Barents Studies: www.barentsinfo.org/barentsstudies