Border dynamics and resilience in the Arctic regions – Arctic Researchers’ Network -seminar

The seminar will extend the prevailing understandings of how the question of border dynamics and resilience are connected in the Arctic region and provide new perspectives regarding the sustainable development and human-environmental relations in a state of continuous change.

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Linnanmaa campus

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Arctic regions are particularly interesting sites for investigating cross-border regional and social resilience to experienced continuous crisis as well as how cross-border connections in itself can be both vulnerable and persistent. The upward trajectory of cross-border collaboration and problem solving in the Arctic region are challenged by the geopolitical tension, the COVID-19 pandemic and related border restrictions. The tightened border control and protectionism as a response to various experienced threats is increasing and multiplying the experience of disruption in the lives of Arctic communities, the labor markets and social interaction, and defers finding common solutions to complex human-environmental challenges.

Seminar programme (hybrid)

Thursday 29.9.2022 12.00–17.15

Linnanmaa, room: FY337-1

12.00–12.15 Opening and welcome Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, University of Oulu

12.15–13.40 Keynote lecture (online), Carina Keskitalo, Umeå University: Climate change adaptation – an overarching issue?

Chair: Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, University of Oulu. Commentary: Päivi Lujala, University of Oulu


13.40–14.00 Coffee/tea

14.00–15.30 Session: Arctic regions and communities in change (part I)

Chair: Satu Kivelä, University of Oulu

14.00–14.30 Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, University of Lapland: Examining the resilience-power nexus

14.30–15.00 Vesa Väätänen, Kaj Zimmerbauer & Satu Kivelä, University of Oulu: Language as a border: discussing cross-border health care in the North Calotte region

15.00–15.30 Anastasia Emelyanova, University of Oulu: Caregiving of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Russian Arctic Province: Challenges and practice

15.30–15.45 Break

15.45–17.15 Session: Arctic regions and communities in change (part II)

Chair: Veera Juntunen, University of Oulu

15.45–16.15 Paula Tulppo, University of Lapland: Regional development in EU’s cross-border cooperation – Case Interreg Nord programme

16.15–16.45 Alix Varnajot, University of Oulu: Some thoughts on Arctification in the European Arctic: insights from tourism

16.45–17.15 Kaarina Tervo-Kankare, University of Oulu: Sustainability as a tool for increasing resilience in Arctic tourism communities?

19.00 Dinner

Friday 30.9.2022

Linnanmaa, room: AT115A

10.00–11.30 Keynote lecture, Monica Tennberg, University of Lapland: Worlding the Arctic anew

Chair: Kaj Zimmerbauer, University of Oulu. Commentary: Juha Ridanpää, University of Oulu


11.30–12.40 Lunch

12.40–14.00 Keynote lecture, Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway/University of Akureyri: International order, Arctic order, Arctic borders: Barents and Bering Strait Regions

Chair: Juha Ridanpää, University of Oulu. Commentary: Kaj Zimmerbauer, University of Oulu


14.00–14.10 Break

14.10–15.00 Wrap up and discussion: The future of Arctic research

Chair: Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, University of Oulu


The seminar is hosted by the Geography Research Unit of the University of Oulu and supported by the Arctic Researchers’ Network.

Registration to the seminar is now open and possible until 20 September 2022 through an online form available here:

Contact: Professor Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, Postdoctoral researcher Satu Kivelä, e-mails: firstname.lastname(at)…






Last updated: 15.9.2022