Overall Goals

  • To find a balance between sustainable, cost-effective and profitable professional activities of people working in the extreme High North conditions and their mental and physical health;
  • To enhance compatibility of traditional indigenous activities and industrial exploration of natural resources;
  • To create the base for involving of indigenous peoples’ representatives in the modern production (study of reluctance and low efficiency of indigenous peoples’ employment in industrial enterprises, motivation increase of indigenous peoples, study of traditional indigenous labor forms in order to transfer this experience in educational institutions);
  • To preserve people living and working in the Arctic from northern stress and "polar night" depression;
  • To bring to the table discussion of maritime and labor law issues in reference to the occupational health in the extreme Arctic conditions.

Main Activities

  • The annual summer schools for students and young scientists
  • Creation of the joint master program "Psychological support of labor in the High North conditions"
  • Joint interdisciplinary research aimed at development of an optimal system for medical and psychological support of work in the Arctic conditions
  • Information dissemination (blogs, websites, forums, chat rooms, etc.) on stress management, psychological protection from stress and "polar night depression" for people working in the High North. 

Current and Planned Activities

Plans for 2021:

  • February 13 – 20: participation of TN members as speakers in SafetyFOCUS 2021 in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • May 3 – 6: participation of TN members with the presentation "The functional state assessment as the psychological safety marker of the offshore production platform workers" in SPE OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE in NRG PARK HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA.
  • July 18 – 23: participation of TN members with presentations in the 32ndInternational Congress of Psychology in Prague, Czech Republic (postponed to 2021).
  • September 19-22: participation with presentations in the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Toronto, Canada (postponed to 2021).
  • September 26-29: participation with presentations in the 11th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work 2021 in Olhao, Portugal.
  • TN members will conduct a study within the "Arctic Floating University - 2021" with the study of the dynamics of the functional states of the expedition participants and their individual psychological characteristics, contributing to successful adaptation to the conditions of the high-latitude Arctic. This study is carried out within the framework of a research program "Research of the adaptive mechanisms of the human body to the conditions of the high-latitude Arctic, including in the conditions of shift work."

Past Events


  • TN organized a section "Work and health in the Arctic" within the UArctic Congress 2021. TN members presented the results of their scientific research:

    • Hilde Faerevik  (SINTEF Digital, Norway): "Health effects of cold exposure in different occupations";
    • Dominic Gagnon  (Laurentian University, Canada): "Human skeletal oxygen transport and metabolism during work in the cold: recent advances";
    • Sirkka Rissanen  (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland): "Use of respirators in the cold";
    • Juha Oksa, Satu Manttari (Työterveyslaitos, Finland): "Working in the cold: muscular strain in meat cutting work";
    • Yana Korneeva (NArFU, Russia): "Professional performance of fly-in-fly-out industrial workers in the Arctic";
    • Natalya Simonova, Lyudmila Gubaidulina (MSU, Russia): "The Ministry of Emergency Situations rescuers' personal reliability and professional success";
    • Anna Yuryeva, Anastasia Korneeva (NArFU, Russia): "The loggers' job stress and working capacity during fly-in period in the Far North".

    The section discussed the physiological and psychological consequences of professional activities in the Arctic region for the workers. The participants exchanged experience and research results in the fields of physiology, psychology and medical support of labor in difficult conditions of professional life in the Arctic.


  • New publication: Our new interesting article is about the change in the fly-in-fly-out oil and gas workers status during the fly-in period. Job Stress and Working Capacity among Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industries in the Arctic.Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7759; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217759. You can download and read the article right here.
  • A field expedition in Karpogory, Arkhangelsk region. It was planned to carry out dynamic daily monitoring of the loggers' state (stress, working capacity and others) throughout the fly-in period.
  • In June 2020 TN coordinator from NArFU Yana Korneeva became an Energy Influencer 2020 (winner of the Society of Petroleum Engineers competition). Yana spoke about TN activities and research within the online panel discussion SPE Live: Energy Influencers 2020:


Source: Youtube.com, Society of Petroleum Engineers channel



  • August 14 – 16: Participation in the 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work and Working Life in Helsinki, Finland, with two oral presentations in English: “Estimation of discomformity of environmental factors for workers of the shift forms of labor in South Russia” (Ya. Korneeva, M.S. Arefina) and “Development of Psychological Readiness of Future Specialists for Shift Work in the Arctic” (Ya. Korneeva)

  • July 5 – 9: organized a Symposium “Psychological support of professional activities in the Far North and the Arctic” within the XVI European Congress of Psychology in Moscow (Yana Korneeva and Natalia Simonova - moderators). Four presentations within the TN thematic focus:

    • “Social ideas of psychological readiness for shift work in the north territories among oil industry workers at different stages of professional formation” (A. Boitzova, Gaspromneft-Center Saint-Petersburg, Russia, N. Simonova, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow; Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia)
    • “Psychological diagnostics at the stage of professional selection of workers of diamond mining in High North” (Ya. Korneeva, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkgangelsk, Russia)
    • Analysis of efficiency in the structure of functional states in relation with socio-psychological qualities of shift workers of the mining and processing factory” (I. Porokhina, Northern Arctic Federal University, N. Simonova, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow; Northern Arctic Federal University)
    • “Peculiarities of psychological adaptation of shift workers of various industries” (A.Yuryeva, Northern Arctic Federal University, Ya. Korneeva, Northern Arctic Federal University)
  • June 27-29: TN organized the II International Scientific-Practical Conference “Psychology of Extreme Professions” (ISPCPEP 2019) in Arkhangelsk and on the Solovetsky Archipelago, Russia. Proceedings of ISPCPEP 2019 are available in English for free. The conference was supportend by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

  • 23 - 25 May: TN organized a scientific symposium "Work in the Arctic" and the 4th Psychological Scientific and Practical School "Shift work in the Arctic - success and health" within ASSW 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia

  • 23 April - 24 April: TN Lead Natalia Simonova nd TN coordinator at NArFU Yana Korneeva participated in SPE Symposium: Asia Pacific Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility 2019; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with two oral presentations in English:

    • “Development of psychological readiness for work in oil and gas production in the Arctic”
    • “Psychological features of adaptation of oil and gas workers in the Arctic and southern Russia”

The reports present the results of work under two grants: 1) RFBR No. 18-013-00623 “Comparative analysis of psychological risks in the professional activities of shift workers in the South and the Far North of the Russian Federation” and 2) Grant of the President of the Russian Federation for state support of early career Russian scientists (MK-6409.2018.6 ) “Management of psychological risks in the professional activities of extractive industries workers in the Far North and the Arctic”.

  • March 24 to April 13: the research team of the NArFU Department of Psychology conducted research at the sea ice-resistant platform in the Caspian Sea to collect empirical data within the project supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). Researchers examined 50 shift workers at the oil production platform. The collected data is unique due to specific conditions. Currently, empirical material is being processed to create a database. This expedition was carried out as part of the RFBR project “Comparative analysis of psychological risks in professional activities of shift workers in the South and the Far North of the Russian Federation”.

  • March 9 – 10: participation in the International conference “Business, Economics, Social Science & Humanities- BESSH-2019” in Sydney, Australia, with two oral presentations in English: “Assessment and reduction of psychological risks for shift workers in the Far North and South of Russia” (Ya. Korneeva, N. Simonova) and “Ensuring health of shift workers in context professional risks in the Arctic region” (Ya. Korneeva, N. Simonova)

Activities in 2015 - 2018:

  • 2018: Yana Korneeva, TN coordinator, Head of the Psychology Department at NarFU, won the competition for the right to receive grants from the President of the Russian Federation for early career Candidates of Sciences for the project "Management of psychological risks in the professional activities of extractive industry workers in the conditions of the Far North and the Arctic" (research team: T. Tyulyubayeva, A.Yuryeva).
  • 2018: Natalia Simonova, TN Lead, Professor at NArFU Department of Psychology, won the RFBR (Russian Foundation for Basic Research) grant for 2018–2020 to conduct research on the topic "Comparative analysis of psychological risks in the professional activities of rotational workers in the South and in the Far North of the Russian Federation" (research team: Ya. Korneeva, T. Tyulyubayeva, M. Arefina, A. Yuryeva, E. Pryalukhin).
  • 18 - 20 December 2018 - 4th International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies: oral presentation
  • 15 - 17 October 2018 - SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference: oral presentation
  • 3 - 7 September 2018 - UArctic Congress: TN organized session 5.9 "Work in the Arctic" with 11 presentations
  • 12 - 15 August 2018 - 17th International Congress on Circumpolar Health: three presentations of research results
  • 22 - 26 July 2018 - 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics: presentation
  • 21 - 22 June 2018 - Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology (SCAP 2018): oral presentation
  • 16 - 18 April 2018 - SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility: oral presentation 
  • 22 - 23 March 2018 - TN organized the 3rd Travelling Psychological School "Rotational work - success and health" at NarFU.
  • 21 - 26 January 2018 - Arctic Frontiers: 2 presentations of current research results
  • 5 - 12 September 2016 - Autumn research school for students and young scientists at NArFU
  • 12 – 20 March 2016 - Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW 2016) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks: meeting with the TN members to discuss a joint research plan and work on the organization of a summer school  
  • 24-29 January 2016 - Arctic Frontiers: industry and environment, Tromso, Norway. Meeting with the TN members, the presentation of interim results of joint work, coordination of further actions
  • 26-28 October 2015 - Russian petroleum conference SPE, Moscow, Russia. Discussion of the TN activities with the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University' members. Discussing the prospects of joint research expeditions with representatives of oil companies.
  • 2 - 4  September 2015  - World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Manchester: meeting with potential members of the thematic network to discuss possible cooperation.

Natalia Simonova, Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Working in the Arctic