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: April 30th, 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