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The Borderless North

The Borderless North
The Fourth Open Assembly of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) “The Borderless North”, which took place in Oulu and Tornio in Finland, and Haparanda and Luleĺ in Sweden in October 2006, had a wide range of northern stakeholders, including community leaders, regional and national policymakers, heads of state, civil society activists, business people, members of the research community and university students. Based on the main theme “Tech-knowledgy in Economies and Cultures”, a wide spectrum of relevant subject matter was covered during the sessions in dynamic discussions and dialogues among the participants. These discussions focused on cross-cutting themes, interdisciplinarity, policy-oriented discourses and analytical dialogues and thereby, confirmed a number of existing ideas and procedures as well as creating innovative approaches and concepts.

One of the outcomes of this NRF meeting is this publication, which consists of 25 articles based on the background papers and presentations of the meeting. Its content is organized under the following themes, which were broadly discussed in the meeting, “Tech-knowledgy and its Application”, “Borders, Barriers and Borderlands”, “Legal Challenges in the North” and “Gender, Citizenship and Human Security”.

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The proceedings of the meeting are published here. Click on the active links to titles in the program below.

A printed version was published in the summer of 2008 and will be distributed at the fifth NRF for the participants. It consists of 25 articles based on the background papers and presentations of the meeting. Its content is organized under the following themes, which were broadly discussed in the meeting: "Tech-knowledgy and its Application", "Boorders, Barriers and Borderlands", "Legal Challenges in the Northe" and "Gender, Citizenship and Human Security".

Title Page and Summary Report

Introduction & Opening Adresses


Plenary Session I: Tech-knowledgy and its Application to the Economies, Energy Policies and Cultures in the North

Panelists and Position Paper Authors

Plenary Session II: Borders, Barriers, Interactive Cultures and Borderlands – Is the North Becoming a Common Borderless Space?

Presentations by Young Researchers during Square Hour

Plenary Session III: Societal Impacts of Flows of Globalization and Climate Change in the North – The Influences of Northern Dimensions, Policies, Strategies and Programmes

Panelists and Position Paper Authors

Presentations by Young Researchers during Square Hour

Day of Project Sessions

Legal challenges in the Arctic

Gender and Human Security

Northern Economy: Results and follow-up from the NRF workshop Economies in the North (Oulu 2005) and the ICARP II report on Arctic Economies & Sustainable Development

Northern Eurasian Geopolitics

Community Based Research

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting focusing on the findings and issues raised by the Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR, 2004) and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA, 2004-05). The results from earlier Town Hall Meetings (in Inari, Finland, May 2005, and in Anchorage, USA, February 2006) will be introduced.


  • Dr. Elena S. Kotyrlo, Assistant Professor, Syktyvkar State University, Komi Republic, Russia: Human Development and Regional Economic Growth in the Russian North.

Summary Reports on Plenaries and Project Day Sessions

The Summary Session includes oral reports by young researchers who have served as session reporters and a general discussion among participants about the outcomes of the meeting. The location, time and hosts of the 5th NRF Open Meeting will be announced. All participants will be asked to respond in a questionnaire whereby they evaluate the outcomes of the 4th NRF Open Meeting in writing.

Plenary I Rapporteurs

Plenary II Rapporteurs

Plenary III Rapporteurs

Project Day Rapporteurs

  • Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, Visiting fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Canada:
    Legal Challenges in the Arctic

  • Olga Povoroznyuk, Researcher, Ph.D., Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow:
    Gender and Human Security

  • Clayton Tinsley, Doctoral Program in Anthropology, State University of New York, USA:
    Northern Economy

  • Tristan Pearce, MA, Research Associate, Global Environmental Change Group, Deparment of Geography, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada:
    Community Based Research

Town Hall Meeting Report

  • Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, Visiting Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Canada:
    Town Hall Meeting

Northern Travelling Film Festival

  • THE SAMI by Markku Lehmuskallio, Anastasia Lapsui and Liisa Holmberg. Documentary. English subtitles. 82 min. (35 mm)
    Attendance: Filmmakers Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsui, hosted by Andrei Golovnev

  • HUNTERS OF COLD SHORES by Alexei Vakhrushev (RUS). Documentary. English voice-over and subtitles. 30 min. Ethno-Online Company. 2005.

  • YAPTIK-HASSE by Edgar Bartenev (RUS). Documentary. English subtitles. 31 min. Saint-Petersburg documentary studio. 2006.

  • THE LAST FARM by Runar Runarsson (IS). Feature. English subtitles. 17 min

    The main sponsor of the fourth NRF Open Meeting was


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