Global dynamics and actors affecting the Arctic - ecological, technological, economic,

Organized by the GlobalArctic Project, and TN on Geopolitics and Security 13. September 2017

Globalization influences the Arctic, and the region has become part and parcel of systemic global economic, political, technological, cultural and environmental change. 

Friday, October 13, 17:45 - 19:15
Location: Silfurberg A, Second Level

Numerous important types of international actors are shaping the new dynamics in the Arctic such as Arctic and Arctic Council observer states, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, intergovernmental organizations, transnational corporations and state-owned enterprises, and global and regional INGOs and networks (e.g. on the environment, science and education). All these actors and their interests – be it in competition or in collaboration – are determining the current and future governance of the Arctic. The presentations of this breakout session will focus on interests and activities by these actors, as well as consequences of their activities in the Arctic region.


  • Matthias Finger, Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL): Resources Curse in the Arctic?
  • Hanna Katriina Lappalainen, Secretary General, Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), University of Helsinki & Finnish Meteorological Institute: System Understanding of the Arctic-boreal Regions for Constructing Scenarios and Assessments of the Future Development of the Northern Eurasian Environments and Societies
  • Natalia Kukarenko, Associate professor, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk: Ecological Security and Local Politicians’ Role in Informing Arctic Communities on Pollution: the Case of the Arkhangelsk Region
  • Jussi Huotari, PhD Candidate, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki: The Nexus of Energy, Environment and Economic Security in Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Projects in the Barents Sea
  • Nikita Lomagin, Professor, European University in St. Petersburg: Russia's Oil and Gas Companies' Plans in the Arctic and Environmental Security


  • Lassi Heininen, Professor, University of Lapland