Research themes

Understanding humans in change


Regional change in an increasingly international world

The world is changing and becoming more international, and the consequences of the change are significant from the point of view of regions. The research focuses on examining migration and the refugee situation and their relation to borders and territories, the emergence of ethnic nationalism and cultural conflicts, the change in the status of states in the international distribution of labour, the polarisation of regional development, and the re-evaluation of security.

The ability of human communities to function in northern conditions

Living in northern regions requires active adaptation to the environment. Multidisciplinary and multi-method research concerning the skills and knowledge that human communities have amassed over the course of history enables the creation of a foundation for sustainable development of the Arctic and subarctic areas and for sustainable use of resources. It also produces information that makes it possible to find sensible long-term solutions applicable to many different areas of life.

Sustainable economic and social development

Examining the foundation of economic and social development is a central theme of research, and is also a goal set by important international agreements. Study into the key theme is made concrete in focal areas that are networked on a national and international level in which the impact of a sustainable economy, responsible business management, and versatile organisations are examined. A new sense of community is built on the basis of increasingly efficient decision-making processes, artificial intelligence, and smart specialisation.

Best practices for interaction, communication, and learning in the 21st century

Thanks to digitalisation, communication has become increasingly diversified. It has changed power relationships, made interaction independent of time and place, and has also affected people‘s ability to function. Research into the key theme focuses largely on lifelong learning, the understanding of technology-based interactive situations, the identification of good practices in finding and producing information, and supporting for equality, quality of life, and participation.