International PhD School


Local and Global Context

13-20 June
Arkhangelsk 2020

Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, North-West Russia) is pleased to announce the II International PhD School “Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context” to be held as a side event of the X International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS Х) on 13-20 June, 2020, the key arena for addressing the social development issues of the Arctic and its sustainable development in global context. The Russian Federation will host the Congress for the first time. You will find more information about the forum here

Over the last decades the Arctic is on the top of the agenda for world political leaders, business, public and academia due to new emerging opportunities effecting economic, political and social dynamics in local communities and globally.
All stakeholders emphasize that the dialogue and international collaboration in the region is crucial for ensuring its sustainable development.

The International PhD School “Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context” is to provide young researchers from Arctic and non-Arctic countries with the knowledge about the Russian Arctic Strategy and large-scale projects and facilitate international collaboration in studying and discussing contemporary issues of the Arctic Region in global context.


The School participants will discuss a vast scope of current issues of the Arctic: northern governance and economies, environmental challenges, Arctic law, life of the local communities, human adaptation, international cooperation in the Arctic. Russian and foreign high officials and speakers of the Congress are invited for keynote lectures and discussions. PhD students will have an opportunity to visit regional industrial and cultural sites, participate in the ICASS events for young researchers, present their scientific projects and receive high-quality feedback from international experts.

Eligible participants: PhD students from Arctic and non-Arctic countries. The number of places is limited.

Language of instruction: English

Workload :3 ECTS
Certificates and transcripts of records are provided for participants.


The course consists of 8 modules:

1. Russian Federation Arctic Strategy. Geopolitics interests and international relations in the Arctic
2. Northern territories governance and socio-economic development
3. Logistics in the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route
4. Environmental challenges in the Arctic
5. Indigenous peoples in the changing region environment
6. Arctic as an art object
7. International cooperation in the Arctic
8. Arctic Expeditions: NArFU Project “Arctic Floating University”


The candidates are kindly asked to fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
- CV (Europass format is preferable)
- Thesis abstracts

Application deadline: March 31st, 2020


Arkhangelsk region is located in northern European Russia on the shore of the White Sea. It includes the Arctic archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. The city of Arkhangelsk was founded in 1584. It has a population of about 350 thousand people and is the administrative center of the region. It is a historic seaport city which has interesting activities to offer and places to visit. It lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina River near its exit into the White Sea. The city stretches for about 40 km (25 miles). Peter the Great contributed immensely to the development of Arkhangelsk as a center of sea and river navigation and shipbuilding.

In 1693 he founded the first shipyard on Solombala island where the first ship “Saint Paul” was launched in 1694. In commemoration to this outstanding contribution, monument to Peter the Great was erected in 1911 on the Northern Dvina Embankment. The Arkhangelsk region is called the White Nights Land. From the middle of May and almost to the end of July to the north of Polar Circle the sun never disappears behind the horizon.

It is regarded as a mysterious phenomenon that attracts visitors and adds to a special atmosphere of the city. Nowadays Arkhangelsk is an administrative, business and cultural center of the Arkhangelsk region. Historical monuments, museums and beauty of its landscapes attract lots of tourists from Russian cities and from abroad annually. More information at Pomorland travel


Participation fee is 35 000 RUB and covers airport/in-city transfers, information package, course materials, accommodation at student residence hall, meals within the programme schedule and cultural programme. Travel to/from Arkhangelsk and visa costs are covered by participants.

Do you have any questions?

Please, contact the coordinators

Ms. Ekaterina Shiman

Director of International Academic Mobility Centre

Ms. Tatiana Khairova

Deputy for International cooperation, NArFU Higher School of Economics, Management and Law