Northern Political Economy Blog

Field notes from a peat bog

8.8.2022

NPE’s visiting researcher Hanna Lempinen is currently doing research focusing on the just transition of the Finnish peat industry. She did some fieldwork at a peat bog in Northern Finland in this blog post she shares some of her first thoughts.   

The dynamics of hope, politics and colonialism

22.6.2022

In this blog post, Marjo Lindroth and Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen introduce their new book that delves into the more sinister sides of evoking hope in politics.   

Commercial Waste and Tarnished Trademarks

16.5.2022

In this blog, Joonas Vola ponders whether the littering of environment with famous trademarks may cause harm for the reputation or value of a brand. Can the trustworthiness of a product certificate be endangered by relating it to negative activities towards the environmental sustainability in taking account the afterlife of the products?    

The Arctic in the Anthropocene: An International Relations perspective

1.3.2022

Monica Tennberg discusses different understandings of the Arctic in international relations research.   

Living in between. The liminal spaces of pastoralism in Sicily

18.1.2022

Hannah Strauss-Mazzullo reports from research in Sicily that she is currently working on together with native Sicilian Nuccio Mazzullo. In this scientific undertaking, the northernmost practice of reindeer herding is studied and compared with the seasonal movement of sheep flocks in Sicily, thereby connecting Europe’s northernmost and southernmost herding practices. The project also connects to Hannah’s own upbringing in the French Vosges mountains, where her family herded a flock of goats in the 1980s   

A Christmas Tale – The two ways across urban Arctic ecology

17.12.2021

In this year’s Christmas tale, Joonas Vola ponders the problematics of urban city planning and ecology in Northern climate, and the small decision that the residents, pedestrians and cyclists do on a daily basis, while choosing their lane or path.   

Heidi Konttinen introduces her research on sustainabilities in the Arctic seal hunt, crafts and trade

8.12.2021

New NPE team member Heidi Konttinen describes one of the events that got her interested in the plurality of the sustainabilities in the Arctic and the power relationships between them.   

NPE Internships – A Decade Later

7.10.2021

NPE researchers Adrian Braun and Joonas Vola share a few insights and memories about their research paths that started a decade ago with internships in September 2011. Both did not foresee which enormous impacts an internship at Arctic Centre would have for their professional careers and consequently also for their lives.   

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

Whose Sustainability?
PhD research blog about the local and global sustainabilities on the Arctic seal hunt, crafts & trade by NPE reseacher Heidi Konttinen.