Would you like a Master stipend?

Master thesis students at Nord University Business School
We announce the support for a master stipend in the range of 25 000 kr individually - 35 000 in relation to the EduSmart Project.

​We are seeking proposed research topics for independent research work within the EduSmart project at the High North Center for Business and Governance

​The EduSmart Project 

The EduSmart project “Education and Knowledge Development for Smart City Governance and Performance Management in the High North” (2021-2023) is financed by Research Council of Norway under INPART programme. 

The primary objective of the EduSmart project is to enhance international education and research in the High North by incorporating knowledge of smart city governance and performance management. In this regard, we aim to increase the range and enhance the quality and relevance of our scientific cooperation with international strategic partners in Russia and China.   

Support for master thesis

Given the ongoing activities within the EduSmart project, High North Center for Business and Governance announce the support for 1-3 master thesis for the spring semester of 2022. 

A master stipend is in the range of 25 000 kr individually (35 000 kr in case of two students writing together). A formal application is expected, see below, along with a signed agreement between the student and the EduSmart project manager after selection.

The support will be given to a master thesis devoted to the field of “Smart Management for sustainable cities and communities” with a preferable (but not limited to) focus on the High North / Arctic. The possible themes can include, but are not limited to, the following guidelines:

  • ​The role of technologies in the development cities and communities have in relation to sustainable development 
  • Smart city rankings, standards and performance measurement and management initiatives 
  • Smart city ​visions / visualizations and its deliverables in practice
  • Financial, planning and strategic aspects of smart city development 
  • Citizen involvement and smart city initiatives 
  • Smart transport and smart mobility 
  • Technology role in changing citizens behavior, e.g. travel habits
  • Smart city initiatives and politics 
  • Smart city and bureaucracy 
  • Smart city sustainability, its promises and its deliverables in practice 
  • Accountability aspects of smart city initiatives 

If a candidate is accepted, the master thesis topic will be developed further. For more information, please look through some of the references related to the field that are provded at the end of the article.

​Application and selection process

To apply to, please send an application by email to Associate Professor Evgenii Aleksandrov

The email must be formatted like this: 

  • Subject must be “Application to Master project 2022:EduSmart project"
  • A motivation letter (one page explaining the interest in the topic and mention which theme is the priority for you and why)
  • Attach the transcript of grades of the first year of the master

The application is expected to be send by 21th of November. If many candidates matching the profile above have applied, the selection will based on the grades from the previous year during the master program.

Contact Associate Professor, PhD, Evgenii Aleksandro if you have further question. His contact information is listed to the rigth of the article. 


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