Hannah Strauss-Mazzullo is a researcher at the Arctic Centre, and member of the Northern Political Economy group. She is currently teaching courses in the social sciences department at the University of Lapland.
Hanna Lempinen is a researcher in the NPE group at the Arctic Centre and a PhD candidate at the University of Lapland. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on security, sustainability and agency through a case study focus on the Barents energyscape
Ilona Mettiäinen is a researcher at the Sustainable Development Research Group and the Northern Political Economy team at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. She is a PhD student in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland and enrolled in the multidisciplinary Arctic Doctoral Programme ARKTIS.
Joonas Vola is a researcher in the Sustainable Development research group and a member of NPE team at the Arctic Centre and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lapland. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the political nature of the visual and material culture especially in animal based bioeconomic production in the Arctic region.
Getting ready for my first international conference on IR ... sleepless night ... early wake up ... flight from North to South - Rovaniemi to Helsinki - and then all the way to Warsaw Chopin Airport (being stunned by the rectangular landscape dominated by agricultural patterns) ... learning to use the local public transport ... finding the registration desk in beautiful main campus of Warsaw University to participate the third day of the 8th Pan European Conference on International Relations held in 18 - 21 of September ... and catching breath during a happy reunion with friends and colleagues near and far ... and finally searching my way to the Arctic International Relations Panel 3 - The Arctic of Regions or Globalization hosted by professor Lassi Heininen.
Nafisa Yeasmin is a researcher in the Sustainable Development research group and a member of NPE team at the Arctic Centre and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lapland. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on immigration policies in the Barents Region. It is a study on international and national norms and policies in practice.
Not all of us NPE team members who attended the NRF conference in Akureyri, Iceland (see the post below by Ilona Mettiäinen) took the shortest route back home to Rovaniemi since another event highly relevant in terms of studying northern developments – the UArctic PhD Summer School on extractive industries in the North – was organized in Nuuk, Greenland. The summer school, arranged in conjunction with the NUNAMED medical conference, took place from 5th to 9th of September with a focus on the theme “Health, Society and Environment in relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects”.
The Northern Research Forum (NRF) organizes Open Assemblies biennially for providing a forum for open dialogue between academics, decision-makers and other Arctic or Northern actors and stakeholders on the changes that the Circumpolar North is facing now and in the future. The theme of this 7th Open Assembly that took place in Akureyri, North Iceland in 21-24 August 2013 was “Climate Change in Northern Territories - Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic Impacts”. The theme was further divided into three sub-themes: “Territorial socio–economic impacts of climate change”, “Methodologies for assessing socio-economic impact” and “Adaptation to climate change in regions and local communities – examining methods and sharing knowledge”. The conference was organized in collaboration between the Northern Research Forum and ESPON ENECON.