Convener: Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland


The session is organised by UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security. The network, established in 2009, is a joint network by the University of the Arctic and the Northern Research Forum (NRF), and its aim is to draw up a holistic picture on Arctic geopolitics and security. Another aim is to promote interdisciplinarity and the interplay between science and politics, as well as to implement the interplay between research and teaching, between young and senior scholars, and students. The sessions will evaluate and discuss on Arctic geopolitics and security in the context of the globalized Arctic theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches; from the perspectives of the past, present and future; and from global, international, Arctic, national and regional/local context in the Arctic region.

The session is divided into two sub-sessions taking place on the following days.


2.5/A Geopolitics and Security

Date: Thursday 15 September

Time: 13:00-14:30

The main aims of the TN Geopolitics and security are combined here, and discussed theoretically and holistically from several angles, as well as in international, national, regional, and particularly pan-Arctic contexts. The spectrum of the themes of the presentations is wide from military power and boundary disputes to food security. The session will consist of an introduction by the moderator followed by six presentations of 10 minutes each. In the end of the session, there will be about 20-25 minutes for open discussion.

Moderator: Prof. Lassi Heininen

2.5/B Oil and Gas Drilling in the Arctic

Date: Friday 16 September

Time: 10:30-12:00

The session is organised in cooperation with the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and the GlobalArctic Project. On the one hand, due to the strategic importance of energy security and the melting sea ice, the Arctic has become a theater of natural resources extraction. On the other hand, the (offshore) exploitation of these resources causes big environmental and societal risks, and extends the life of industrial civilization as we know it, characterized as it is with its unsustainability. Among a few relevant questions of the expert discussion will be, e.g. “Whether ‘industrial civilization’ is capable and willing of slowing down, and stopping fossil fuel-based development?”. There will be five panelists representing major stakeholders (politics, business, academia), a young researcher and a moderator. Each panelist will have 4-5 minutes for an introductory remark, and after that there will be the first round of discussion between the panelists. In the end of the session, there will be about 20-25 minutes for open discussion.

Moderator: Prof. Nikita Lomagin, European University in St. Petersburg