The Research Group on the Russian Environment consists of social and political scientists in various fields led by Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen.
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is an Associate Professor in Russian Environmental Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, and a Docent at the National Defence University in the field of Russia’s energy and natural-resource policy. In 2011-2017, he was a professor in Russian Energy Policy at the Aleksanteri Institute. He is also an adjunct professor in Environmental Planning at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. His research fields are energy and environmental policies; energy security; natural resources, political/societal power and culture in Russia.
Alla Bolotova works as a post-doctoral researcher on the Live, Work or Leave? Youth – wellbeing and the viability of (post) extractive Arctic industrial cities in Finland and Russia project at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She also works as a research associate at Center for Arctic Social Studies, European University St Petersburg. Alla’s research focuses on human—environmental interaction in the Arctic and on sense of place in northern industrial communities.
Francesco Durante began to work in the AUCAM (Opportunities for and challenges to urban development and social cohesion in Russia’s Arctic under climate change impacts) project at the Aleksanteri Institute in 2018. His dissertation focuses on the role played by institutions and gas–extractive projects in the sustainable development of the urban areas of the Yamalo–Nenets Autonomous District in the Russian Arctic region.
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Elena Gorbacheva is a Research Assistant at the Aleksanteri Institute. She is involved in all of the projects of the research group on the Russian Environment. Elena is also a Doctoral Student at the Political, Societal and Regional Change Programme. In 2019 she started her dissertation about environmental protests in Russia. Elena also works as a project planner for DigiREES and ElMaRB projects at the Aleksanteri Institute.
Stephanie Hitztaler is a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the NSF and Finnish Academy of Science PIRE (Partnerships in International Research and Education) project Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She is focusing on issues of sustainability in Arctic cities.
Jussi Huotari is a Doctoral Student at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. Since 2015 he has been working as part of Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen’s research group on Russia’s energy development. His research is focusing on issues such as energy policy, IR, resource governance and security studies in the Arctic. His forthcoming thesis concentrates on the global-Arctic nexus in energy development.
Karoliina Hurri is currently a Doctoral Student at the Political, Societal and Regional Change Programme (PYAM) in the University of Helsinki and also part of the team at the Aleksanteri Institute. In 2018, Karoliina has started her dissertation about China’s geopolitical identity and climate change discourse in the global climate governance. She is focusing on the emerging economies, identity politics and critical geopolitics within the frame of international climate politics.
Sakari Höysniemi is a Doctoral Student at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, specialising in climate and energy issues on the Doctoral programme for Social Sciences. His research is mostly built around the From Failand to Winland research consortium funded by the Strategic Council of the Academy of Finland.
Sohvi Kangasluoma started her dissertation in 2018 within the AUCAM (Opportunities for and challenges to urban development and social cohesion in Russia’s Arctic under climate change impacts) project at the Aleksanteri Institute. She focuses on the linkages between the energy sector and human security in the Arctic municipalities of Norway and Russia, from a gender perspective.
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Sanna Kopra is a visiting scholar at the Aleksanteri Institute. Since September 2018, she has carried out her postdoctoral project the Rise of China and Normative Transformation in the Arctic Region funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2021, the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland). Previously, she worked for the Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Cross-Border Arctic Energy Development project led by Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen. Sanna’s research focuses on China’s Arctic and climate policy, international norms of responsibility, and Arctic affairs.
Meri Kulmala is involved in the international research project Live, Work or Leave? Youth Well-being and the Viability of (Post) Extractive Arctic Industrial Cities in Finland and Russia, within which she is responsible for the investigation of the questions concerning the well-being of youngsters leaving the out-of-home care institutions.
Hilma Salonen is a Doctoral Student at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She works as a graduate student on the Academy of Finland funded project, Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Cross-Border Arctic Energy Development. The subject of her dissertation is the attempts to modernise the Russian domestic energy field and the renewable energy prospects this work provides, especially from the viewpoint of the country’s Arctic regions.
Dmitry Yagodin is a postdoctoral researcher in Russian Environmental Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He is a member of a MediaClimate research network, where he has studied climate journalism, global media and environmental communication using transnational comparisons, focusing on the role of digital communication networks, and specializing on Russia. He contributes to Russian environmental studies with a focus on discourses of climate change as part of the Russian environmental foreign and domestic politics.
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