Transformation and Transnationalization of state spaces: Geo-politics of borders, mobilities and planning in the Arctic

SPARCTIC

Project description

Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Eudaimonia
Faculty: Science

Transformation and Transnationalization of state spaces: Geo-politics of borders, mobilities and planning in the Arctic
The SPARCTIC project is outlined to respond to the aims of Eudaimonia’s call for new research projects in the strategic focus area “Understanding humans in change”, particularly from the perspectives of state’s spatial governance and transnationalization.

The empirical targets of this project are the geopolitical practices that construct Finland as an Arctic state space, and outline a polity called “Arctic Finland”. The proposed project studies spatial transformation of state spaces, with a specific focus on spatial borders (local, regional, state), mobilities, planning and transnationalization.

The general aim of the project is to analyse and conceptualise how spatial transformation occurs in the context of transnational regionalisation process in the Arctic, with specific emphasis on the Arctic Finland and adjacent regions and states. The integrated research approach created in this project aims at renewing the theory of state transformation towards more context-sensitive and transnational direction.

The project has three analytical objectives: 1) planning and governance (Toni Ahlqvist), 2) borders in the Arctic (Anssi Paasi), and 3) mobilities and tourism (Jarkko Saarinen). The three objectives are theoretically and methodologically interlinked in order to provide a robust multidimensional perspective to the Arctic state spaces.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

People

Jarkko Saarinen

Professor