Northern Political Economy Blog

New NPE-team member Auni Haapala introduces her research on extractivism and Arctic cities


The newest member of our NPE team, doctoral candidate Auni Haapala, is conducting her studies in the Unit of Gender Studies at the University of Lapland. Her multidisciplinary doctoral project focuses on the role of Arctic cities in the ‘makings of global extractivism’.   

A Nightmare before Christmas – A Tale on Ignorance and Inequality


And it happened in those days, in a land up, high up in the North, not so long ago, that the Three Wise Women took a long journey to follow a frozen star, to seek their way to Him, to sit next to His throne.    

JustNorth – Toward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic Economies, Environments and Societies


What fundamental problems do we have in Lapland with regard to land use, the utilization of natural resources and, on the other hand, the preservation of traditional livelihoods? Tanja Joona introduces JustNorth, a multidisciplinary project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 program examining the economic development of the Arctic region and the approaches its governance and inclusion from the perspective of justice and ethics.   

Obsessed with Arctic change? Moving from adaptation to transformation


Arctic change, rapid change, globalization and modernisation in the Arctic – all popular buzzwords to capture the essence of the region. Research professor Monica Tennberg discusses this obsession to change from the perspective of transformative governance instead of only adapting to mostly externally driven changes and their multiple consequences locally.    

EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance and Arctic business operations


There is news from Brussels. The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance finds its way to the desks of decision-makers in the private sector and the investment community all across Europe. NPE researcher Adrian Braun reflects on the latest developments and shares his thoughts what role the Arctic may play in these developments.    

A Throwback: Cartoon on planetary care and youthful futures


In the throwback block, researcher Joonas Vola looks back to his early childhood experience on the subject of raising environmental awareness through popular culture and cartoon.   

Meet Nadezhda Kharlampieva, new member of our research team


The newest member of our NPE team is Associate Professor Nadezhda Kharlampieva from Russia. She has a PhD in history and she is a researcher of World politics at the Department of Saint-Petersburg State University and senior researcher of the Arctic and Antarctic research institute Russian Federation (AARI).    

New research project: Exploring a socially sustainable path towards a peat-free energy system


After one and a half years of teaching at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland, senior researcher Hanna Lempinen has returned to the NPE team. In this blog post, she tells a bit more about her new research project and about the peculiar question of peat energy in Finland.   

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Researchers from the Northern Political Economy Research Group share their thoughts and insights related to the Arctic from everyday to social, political and economic perspectives.