International PhD School


Local and Global Context

12-20 June
Arkhangelsk 2021

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 12-20 June, 2021, 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 socio-economic development, federal and regional policies, environmental challenges, Arctic law, life of the local communities, human adaptation and international cooperation in the Arctic. The PhD students will have an opportunity to present their scientific projects / PhD theses and receive high-quality feedback from international experts. This year the PhD School will be held online as a side event of the Congress and will welcome world recognized scholars and high officials for keynote lectures and discussions during the School sessions.

Venue and dates: 12-20 June, 2021.

Platform: Zoom.

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 5 modules:

1. Russian Arctic agenda 2035;
2. Logistics and transport systems in the Arctic
3. Environmental challenges and risk management in the Arctic
4. Local communities in the changing region environment
5. Geopolitics and international relations in the Arctic


The candidates are kindly asked to fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
- CV
- Thesis abstracts

Application deadline: 15th May, 2021


Financing: 150 € per person. A limited number of scholarship places are available and will be appointed after registration and the applications assessment


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

Do you have any questions?

Please, contact the coordinators

Ms. Ekaterina Shiman

Ms. Ekaterina Shiman, Director of International Academic Mobility Centre, NArFU Department of International Cooperation

Ms. Svetlana Kuznetsova

NArFU Higher School of Economics, Management and Law

For more information please contact the organizers via e-mail


Matthias Finger

Matthias Finger,

Ph.D. in Political Science, Professor Emeritus in charge of Digital Governance and Regulation at the Center for Digital Trust at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The main research interest is on the liberalization, re-regulation, and governance of infrastructures in the transport, energy, and communications sectors.

Arild Moe

Arild Moe,

PhD, Research professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway. 

Most of his research has been devoted to Russia, especially the energy sector and energy politics. He has conducted studies related to Arctic shipping, with emphasis on political and legal conditions for navigation on the Northern Sea Route. 

Konstantin Zaikov

Konstantin Zaikov,

Ph.D., Vice-Rector for International Cooperation at NArFU, Russia. 

Research fields include research and educational policy, socio-economic development of the High North and the Arctic. Coordinator of the research and educational project «Arctic Floating University». 

Jorge García Molinos

Jorge García Molinos

PhD, Associate Professor at the Arctic Research Center of Hokkaido University, Japan.

His research investigates the links and mechanisms by which human activities are modifying patterns of biodiversity, from local to global scales. He uses multidisciplinary approaches combining aspects from experimental ecology, macroecology, physiology, trait-based ecology, climatology, network analysis, and modelling. 

Evgeny A. Podolskiy

Evgeny A. Podolskiy

Ph.D, Associate Professor of the Arctic Research Center at Hokkaido University, Japan.

Most recently, Evgeny Podolskiy has been passionate about passive seismo-acoustic monitoring of glacial environments and marine mammals. He participated in multiple expeditions to Greenland, high-mountain / high-latitude regions. For his research and writing on the cold-region geophysics, he received Best Popular Science Article and Hirata Awards (Russia, 2011; Japan, 2016).

Vasilii Erokhin

Vasilii Erokhin

D.Sc. (Ec.), Associate Professor at the Arctic Blue Economy Research Center of the Harbin Engineering University, China.

Dr. Erokhin is an author of over 200 publications in the areas of international trade, globalization, and sustainable development with a focus on emerging markets, developing countries, and economies in transition. His research interests also include sustainable development of Arctic resources, shipping and trade routes in the Arctic.

Jarkko Rantala

Jarkko Rantala

D.Sc. (Tech.), business unit manager of Business & Logistics in WSP Finland Ltd, Finland.

He is specialized in transportation systems, logistics and supply chain management in trade and industries. He has also a long academic background by acting as a professor in logistics at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland. He has been working in R&D projects regarding accessibility of the regions, logistics markets and logistics future of the Barents region.

Jussi Huotari

Jussi Huotari

MsSocSc (IR), Project Manager in the Regional Council of Kainuu, Finland.

He political scientist specialised in Arctic geopolitics, energy, security studies and Arctic governance. Prior joining Regional Council of Kainuu, Huotari has been working in various project’s in Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki and at the University of Lapland, Finland. He is a member of Uarctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

Tatiana Sorokina

Tatiana Sorokina

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Head of the Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory at NArFU, Russia. 

Research fields: environmental law, environmental monitoring, legal status of the Northern Sea Route, environmental regulation of the offshore activities in the Arctic, legal regulation of the transboundary pollution of the Arctic region by organic and inorganic contaminants.

Maksim Zadorin

Maksim Zadorin,

Ph.D., Associate professor at department of international law and comparative jurisprudence, NArFU, Russia. 

Research fields: human rights; collective rights; indigenous peoples’ rights; Arctic law; legal regulation of the interethnic relations; legal framework of migration policy in the Arctic; international public law; Russian constitutional Law

Maria Nikitina

Maria Nikitina,

Ph.D., Associate professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Ecology, NArFU, Russia. 

Research fields: environmental chemistry, geochemistry, soil pollution, transformation of neorganic pollutants in the soil. Professional memberships: Soil scientists society.