Globalisation in the Russian North and concept of sustainable development

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 Anna Stammler- Gossman   
Research group:  Sustainable development


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.

Globalisation localised: H&M store in Murkansk. Photo: Anna Stammler-Gossman


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Researcher Anna Stammler- Gossman
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland