In front of the Russian Centre, University of Lapland, from left to right: Alexander Kotomin, Kyösti Urponen and Pirjo Helppikangas.

Project organisation:

Project leader: Professor, Dr.Pol.Sc, Kyösti Urponen, University of Lapland

Project personnel:

• Finnish researcher-coordinator, MSocSc, Pirjo Helppikangas, University of Lapland
• Russian expert - researcher: ScD, Alexander Kotomin, Kola Science Centre

In Finland, University of Lapland:

• Research assistant: Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration, Virpi Vierelä
• Research assistant (for one year): MSocSc, Anssi Aaltonen

Steering board

Professor, Kyösti Urponen, University of Lapland

researcher - coordinator, Pirjo Helppikangas, University of Lapland

Senior researcher, Alexander Kotomin,  Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Economic Problems


Project coordinator, Minna Nousiainen, Finnbarents

Director, Timo Rautajoki, Lapland chamber of commerce

Development manager Tuula Kuvaja (standby, project leader Erkki Oikarinen), Itä- Lapin Kuntayhtymä

Director Janne Seurujärvi, Pohjois- Lapin aluekehityksen kuntayhtymä

Expert Pentti Tolvanen, TE-centre, Department of labour


Senior Adviser Anja Rötkönen, Interreg IIIA North, secretariat of Kolarctic program, Regional Council of Lapland

Senior coordinator Marja Kivekäs, The State Provincial Office of Lapland, Department of education and culture



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