Current projects


BUDRUS “Local government budgeting reforms in Russia: implications and tensions"

The project focuses on research in the field of budgeting especially local government budgeting reforms in Russia. The primary objective of the project is to strengthen research competence in producing high quality scientific knowledge in the field of public sector reforms in Russia, their implications on budgeting processes and transformation of local government institutions. The project will strengthen existing research capacity through recruitment of young researchers to the field of social sciences as well as develop further international networks of research partners involved.

Financed by: Research Council of Norway (RCN)
Project duration: June 2013 – June 2016
Participants: BSTU, MGIMO, MSTU, NARFU
Other partners: Copenhagen Business School, University of Tampere, University of Illinois


Arctic Bridge

Arctic Bridge “Cooperation on PhD education and research training in the field of management in extractive industries in the High North”

The Arctic Bridge Project’s goal is to strengthen Norwegian-Russian knowledge cooperation in the field of Management in Extractive Industries. This will be accomplished by establishing and running an International PhD program in Management of Arctic Extractive Industries. This joint research-training program will strengthen the existing partnership within the areas of petroleum, climate and energy, sustainable use of resources as well as business development.

Financed by: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Project duration: June 2012 – December 2015




ARPOL “Arctic politics and business realities: joint courses partnership in the High North"

The project aims at strengthening Norwegian-Russian institutional partnership to increase knowledge about relevant Arctic politics and businesses. This will be achieved through the organization of joint intensive short-term courses for Master students twice a year to discuss business and politics in the High North. Participation in both courses every year will help students and faculty to strengthen links between higher education, public- and private sector.

Financed by: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Project duration: June 2014 – December 2017
Participants: NARFU, TSU




EduGov “Cooperation in training of young researchers in the field of governance in the public sector"

EduGov focuses to extend the existing research cooperation between Norway and Russia. This will be achieved by developing research and practical competences at Master- and PhD level based upon RCN’s funded project “Local government budgeting reforms in Russia” (BUDRUS). The EduGov project contributes to research-based education by organizing common PhD courses, as well as providing opportunities for students to acquire practical knowledge in the public sector.

Financed by: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Project duration: January 2015 - December 2016


Sustainable Buildings for the High NortH

The project aims at strengthening the interaction between the northern Scandinavian and northern Russian business and R&D communities within building technology.

Financed by: ENPI Kolarctic & Kolarctic Norway
Project duration: January 2012 – May 2015
Participants: MSTU
Other partners: Narvik University College, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Umea University



MARPART “Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North"

The main purpose is to assess the risk of the increased maritime activity in the High North, as well as which challenges this increase may represent. It focuses on multilateral and cross-institutional partnerships between preparedness institutions and companies which rely on them.

Financed by: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project duration: January 2014 – December 2016
Participants: MSTU, NARFU
Other partners: Norwegian Defense University College, Norwegian Police University College,
University of Tromsø, UNIS, University of Greenland, University of Iceland
More about MARPART here



MBA Rosneft

Implementation of two modules in Norway, as part of an executive MBA Program “International Business in the Oil & Gas Sector”.

Financed by: Rosneft
Project duration: November 2014 – December 2016
Participants: MGIMO



GlobalTradeRus “Global Trends in Russian Trade and Industry Policies: Implications for Norwegian – Russian Relations in the High North"

The main objective for this research project is to build and strengthen the strategic competence on a field that is right now of critical importance for the trade relationship between Norway and Russia. The project will address current trends in Russian trade and industry policies, and analyse how these may affect Norwegian-Russian relations. There will be special emphasis on trade relations and how the Russian WTO membership, CIS and the Eurasian Customs Union might develop and influence the terms of trade policies. The implications for both the Norwegian industry and the Russian industrial actors at all levels will be monitored and analysed.

Financed by: Research Council of Norway (RCN) and Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH)
Project duration: March 2015 – March 2018
Participants: MGIMO
Other partners: Fridtjof Nansens Institute




OpLog (Operational Logistics Management and Vessel Technology Demands) is a research project owned by Nord University. The project aims to develop knowledge and find solutions for offshore operations in Arctic waters.

Financed by: Norway's Research Council and industry partners
Project duration: 2013 - 2015
Participants: Southampton Solent University, DOF Management, UiT Norway's Arctic University, University of Stavanger, Troms Offshore, Vard, Nor Supply Offshore, ENI Norge, Chrisship-gruppen and Cyprus University of Technology.



During autumn 2012, Maritimt Forum Nord and Maritim21 took the initiative to launch a pilot project concerning search and rescue in the Arctic. The rise in shipping and offshore activities in this region will require new solutions if safety at sea is to be kept at an acceptably high level. The objective of the pilot project was to design a major international project on maritime search and rescue actions in the High North. The vision for the main project is that “Norway will be a world leader in the planning, coordination and performance of maritime search and rescue operations in the High North.” There is a great deal of interest in SARiNOR on the part of both the shipping industry and the authorities. The ultimate goal is to create a shared strategy and knowledge platform for Norwegian maritime industry, research and politics.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nordland District County, AS Norske Shell, Statoil, ENI Norge, Norwegian Hull Club, Kystverket, Fiskeri og havbruksnæringens forskningsfond, Sjømannsforbundet, Norsk sjøoffiserforbund,
Lundin og ConocoPhillips.
Project duration: November 2013 - October 2016



MARPART2-MAN (Joint task force management in High North Emergency response) is a continuation of the MARPART project. The goal is to improve cross-border knowledge transfer for more efficient education and training of key personnel within the national preparedness system of the High North.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project duration: December 2015 – December 2017
Participants: Norwegian Police University College, World Maritime University, University Center in Svalbard, Murmansk State Technical University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Norwegian Fire Protection Institute, The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy Navigation Center, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, Kjeller, Norway


Business Index North

The project Business Index North (BIN) will accumulate and process information regarding the conditions for Business in the High North. The index will provide both statistical and narrative data for both private companies and governmental

bureaus – the ambition is to be a prominent tool in decision making concerning business in the Arctic region. The project focuses on knowledge in the Arctic region.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


High North Business Knowledge

High North Business Knowledge (NORTHBIK) is a project that will try to expand the possibilities for student participation for the yearly High North Dialogue conference. Director at the High North Center, Frode Mellemvik, emphasizes the

importance for the concept of dialogue. This project will enable students to meet and share knowledge important for the future development of the High North areas.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs