Academic (un)employment and mobility in the Arctic North - A Joint Socially Responsible Approach

Project description

Academic (Un)employment and Mobility in the Arctic North – A Joint Socially Responsible Approach is a two-year project coordinated by the University of Oulu. The project promotes academic work-related mobility in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway. The aim of the project is to further the placement of university graduates for the Nordic labor market and to support the remigration of academically educated people to the region.

Research and innovation and the related expertise are key elements to develop industries in these Arctic areas. The removal of the highly skilled workforce from the area also weakens future prospects for development. The aim of this project is to slow this negative development trend in these regions. Interaction is promoted between the academic workforce and area labor markets with the development of higher education, university graduates and companies, more intensive cross-border networking and the development of flexible communication.

In the so-called Arctic Five universities, there is a strong and still highly evolving information and communications technology (ICT) sector, where there is also a need for expertise in the social and human sciences. During the project, information is collected regarding the needs of the region’s employers and the labor force to develop working life in a socially sustainable, responsible way.

Therefore we will invite HR actors to discuss in their employment policies and recruitment practices, as well as collaborate with them developing their employment policies and recruitment practices from a gender and diversity perspective.

Academic Cross-Border Mobility - Questionnaire:

During the 2019, our project is collecting information on mobility experiences: Mobility Experiences Questionnaire.

Please find more information about our project: Printable Project Leaflet.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project results

Different side-events are arranged related to following events:

UArctic congress, Oulu 2018, September 3-7
ArcticFive Universities' HR Network Meeting in 8.11.2018
ArcticFrontiers, Tromsø 24th of January 2019
Northern Finland labor market seminar - Northern Forum, Oulu in 24.1.2019
ArcticFive HR meeting in Luleå April 8th 2019
UArctic conference, Oulu 2019, autumn
ArcticFive, Luleå 2019, autumn
ArcticFrontiers, Tromsø 2020, January
ArcticFive, Luleå 2020, spring
Closing conference, Oulu 2020, August

 

 

Partners

Luleå Tekniska Universitet (202100-2841)
Contact: PhD, Saila Piippola
+46(0)920492941
e-mail: saila.piippola@ltu.se

Universitet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet (970 422 528)
Contact: Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen
+47(0)91318623
e-mail: rasmus.bertelsen@uit.no

People

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Mervi Heikkinen

University Researcher

Helena Parkkila

Doctoral Researcher