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Lassi Heininen (Chair), University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor

Dr. Lassi Heininen is a Professor of Arctic Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland (Finland). Among his other academic positions are Adjunct professor (Docent) at University of Oulu (Finland) and Trent University (Ontario, Canada), Visiting Professor at University of Akureyri (Iceland), Director of International Summer School in Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University (Russia). He is also Chairman of Calotte Academy and Northern Research Forum’s Steering Committee (see:, Head of Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security Studies (a joint TN between NRF and UArctic), and the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, a peer-reviewed online international publication (see:

Prof. Heininen teaches and lectures regularly abroad and supervises MA and PhD students from Finland, Iceland, Russia and other Arctic countries. His research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Northern / Arctic Studies, and Political History. He is the author of circa 300 scientific publications. Among the latest ones are “Future Security of the Global Arctic: State Policy, Economic Security and Climate” and “Security and Sovereignty in the North Atlantic” (ed.) by Palgrave Pivot (2014 and 2016); “Northern Geopolitics: Actors, Interests and Processes in the circumpolar Arctic” in Polar Geopolitics: Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes (eds. by Powell&Dodds, 2014); “Finland as an Arctic and European State” in International Relations and the Arctic. Understanding Policy and Governance (Cambria Press, 2014); “Russian Strategies in the Arctic: Avoiding a New Cold War” (with Sergunin and Yarovoy) by The Valdai Discussion Club (2014) (available at; “Human security, the Arctic Council and climate change: competition or co-existence?” (with H. Nicol) in Polar Record (2013); “Arctic security – new challenges and global problems” in The Yearbook of Polar Law 2013, Volume 5. (2013); “Arctic Strategies and Policies - Inventory and Comparative Study” (2011) (available at

Prof. Heininen is actively involved in and invited to speak at numerous international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as organizing both academic gatherings and those implementing the interplay between science and politics (e.g. Calotte Academy, NRF Open Assemblies, International Summer School in Karelia, Arctic Circle Assembly). He has received Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon, and was the Finnish Torchbearer of the Torch Relay to the North Pole for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014.



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