Northern Political Economy Blog

Commercial Waste and Tarnished Trademarks


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


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

Living in between. The liminal spaces of pastoralism in Sicily


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


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


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


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.   

New NPE-team member Salla Kalliojärvi introduces her research on climate change and global security governance


Salla Kalliojärvi is a PhD Candidate at the university of Lapland and the newest member of our NPE team. In her doctoral thesis she looks how the increasing significance of multinational corporations in global climate governance is impacting on the governance structures and technologies of security   

Congratulations and welcome junior researchers Auni, Heidi and Salla!


University of Lapland has recently selected new junior researchers to conduct their PhD studies in the doctoral programme The Arctic in a Changing World. Northern Political Economy research team is thrilled to share the news of three new group members that have received funding for their research.    

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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.