Northern Political Economy Blog

Snapshots from the Field – Aesthetics in Vocalizing the Silent World of Things and Objects


NPE team’s researchers Terhi Vuojala-Magga and Joonas Vola have spent this autumn conducting their fieldwork for the international RESCuE project in different locations around Lapland. During the fieldwork in Inari by the sand road to Kuttura they encountered also something unexpected:, the old gold digger’s figure, the gold-chap.    

Smart climate strategies for all Barents member regions


The Climate Smart Regional Planning workshop was organized in St. Petersburg, Russia 3-5 September 2014 for launching cooperation on regional climate strategies in the Barents region. The Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) is promoting and organizing collaboration in the Barents region so that all Barents member regions would have climate strategies.    

Researcher of the month: Adrian Braun


Adrian Braun is a visiting researcher at the Arctic Centre and a member of the Northern Political Economy team (Sustainable Development Research Group). His research is primarily focused on Corporate Social Responsibility in the different territories of the Barents region.    

Bicycles, football and hagelslag - Three months of research in Holland


University of Lapland and the Arctic Centre are encouraging their people to go out, see the world and come back home with bright new ideas. NPE team member Hanna Lempinen spent the summer as a visiting researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.    

Researcher of the month: Monica Tennberg


When people meet in Lapland, they usually start with a short family history by explaining whose daughters and sons they are. Here are my roots.    

The launch of Critical Arctic Studies in ICASS Canada


The VIII International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences was held in the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Prince George, Canada, in May 2014. The Northern Political Economy (NPE) research team actively participated in the conference. One of the contributions by the team was to organise a session on critical Arctic studies. The session welcomed presenters that identified with a critical approach to the current research, concepts and phenomena in the Arctic. The aim was to foster a dialogue between research disciplines, researchers and approaches in order to grasp the current Arctic developments more fully, and to see beyond the short-term political needs and desires.   

Experiences of research interviews for the KEMU project


KEMU “Sustainable immigrant entrepreneurship” project aimed to promote favorable entrepreneurship for immigrants in Lapland. The project was funded by the European Social Fund. One of the projects’ main phases included interviewing immigrant entrepreneurs who are running businesses in Lapland, as well as women and young male immigrants interested in establishing a business in the same region. The blog posting is about my personal experiences on the field during the project and on the kinds of challenges we faced when trying to bring immigrants together for group discussions in Lapland.    

"Meat in the freezer" and other Arctic (socio-economic-cultural) sustainabilities


The "Comprehensive Sustainable Development in Arctic Societies" Summer School took place in Sisimiut, Greenland in mid-May 2014. The Summer School was organized by UArctic, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and CIRCLA, Aalborg University, Denmark. Fourteen postgraduate students – mostly PhD students but also some who had recently obtained their Master´s Degree – from all parts of the Arctic area had been selected to participate.    

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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.