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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.   

In the Honour of Truganini


Tanja Joona writes about the story of Truganini, the last aboriginal survivor of Tasmania.   

All I Want for Christmas is a New Year – A Christmas Tale


This is a Christmassy declaration of change on our daily political economy. The views and opinions presented in the text are authors alone, and consider inevitably us all.    

Social Impact Bonds – Success is all what counts!


Projects and initiatives that follow an ecological and/or societal purpose require financing. Reductions of carbon footprints, waste and consumption of natural resources and rising levels of education and decreased rates of sicknesses and crime rates are all noble objectives, but it requires not only plans and strategies, but implementation and activities as well.    

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Researchers from the former Northern Political Economy Research Group shared their thoughts and insights related to the Arctic from everyday to social, political and economic perspectives (2013-2023).