Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security

The Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security is the first joint TN on relevant and comprehensive issues between the University of the Arctic (UArctic) and Northern Research Forum (NRF). It was established and approved in 2009 by the Council of the UArctic and the Steering Committee of the NRF.

Overall Goal

The two detailed focus areas of this TN are: first, studies on ‘Geopolitics’ like for example, how geopolitics is present / implemented in the circumpolar North; what might mean indigenous point(s) of view of geopolitics; and what might be among key indicators of the geopolitics in a changing North; and second, studies on ‘Security’ like for example, how different discourses on security are implemented in the North; what are special features of Northern security; and what kind of security factor climate change is.

The main aims of the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security are on one hand, to combine the two focus areas together, promote ‘interdisciplinarity’ and draw up a holistic picture on Northern (geo)politics, and on the other, to identify and analyze key indicators of northern geopolitics as well as special features of northern security.

Main Activities

Among planned activities are first, to run annual workshops for the members of the TN as well as for PhD students on political sciences back-to-back to international conferences and seminars, such as NRF Open Assemblies and Calotte Academy; second, to implement the interplay between research and teaching, between senior and young researchers and between science and politics; third, to act as a joint platform for discussion on these matters in general and particularly between the NRF and the UArctic; and final, to launch and run an international research project on the themes.

Activities in 2012

  • Brainstorming meeting in January 15th 2012 in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Brainstorming session on the pilot research project, “Arctic Strategies and Policies” in March 2012 in Oulu, Finland
  • The Calotte Academy 2012, May 28th – June 3rd, 2012 in Rovaniemi and Inari, Finland, in Kiruna or Abisko, Sweden and Tromso, Norway.
  • Polar Law Symposium 2012 in September 6th – 8th, 2012 in Rovaniemi, Finland

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         Non-UArctic partners:

  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • United Nations University
  • University of Calgary
  • St. Petersburg University
  • Trent University
  • Ocean Futures

Contact Information

Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland, Finland
Email: lassi.heininen (at) ulapland.fi