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.

Please find more information about the Academic North -project: Printable Project Leaflet

Please find out out how we handle your personal details in our project: Privacy Notice.

Facebook: @AcademicNorth
Twitter: @Academic_North

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project results

Academic Cross-Border Mobility:
During the 2019, our project collected information on mobility experiences and here is the report based on the findings written by Daniela Kangissoukpe:
Cross-Border Mobility report
The project personnel had lots of experience about different kind of mobility periods. We collected some of them in a short report which you can explore through the following link. There you can also read the previously published mobility experience of Daniela - check this out 

Academic North Summit and Call for Action

The Academic North project reached it's finale in the virtual three-day long Academic North Summit, which was was organized 25–27 August 2020. The event functioned as the final seminar where the Academic North project’s results and recommendations for the future were discussed. The program included speeches from top scholars, officials and decision-makers.  

Academic North Call for Action is the concluding document of the Academic North -project and Academic North Summit. The document lists all the actions and recommendations that are considered extremely important for promoting cross-border labor-based mobility of academically educated people in the northernmost North. Call for Action is based on the findings that were reached during the Academic North -project.

See the Academic North Summit program and speeches here.
See the concluding document for the Academic North Call for Action here

The North is ON Campaign

The North is ON campaign was created to promote life and job opportunities in the Northern parts of Norway, Finland and Sweden (= The Interreg Nord region). The campaign offered a platform for networking and exchanging information about life in the North. One of the main goals of the campaign was to share and discuss open job positions for people with a degree from higher education.

The campaign culminated in an online panel, which featured working-life professionals from Sweden, Norway and Finland. Working and Living in the 21st century North panel discussion was organized June 29th of June 2020. You can watch the panel here

Facebook: @TheNorthIsON
LinkedIn: @TheNorthIsON

The following reports were made during Academic North project:

Academic employment in the ICT sectors in the Arctic North – perspectives on segregation, gender equality and diversity and ways forward to more sustainable futures – by Dr Kanako Uzawa

Mobility in the Arctic North - Mobility research report by Dr Saila Piippola

The following events were organised during the project:

Academic North SUMMIT 25th - 27th of August 2020 Closing conference online
UArctic congress in Oulu 3-7.9.2018
ArcticFive Universities' HR Network Meeting 8.11.2018
ArcticFrontiers in Tromsø 24.1.2019
Northern Finland labor market seminar - Northern Forum in Oulu 24.1.2019
ArcticFive HR meeting in Luleå 8.4.2019
Network meeting of HR-managers of Northern Arctic cities 11.4.2019
Network meeting of stakeholders of Northern Arctic area 16.5.2019
Project presentations: The cross-border cooperation on innovation and researchers' mobility between arctic five universities 23.5.2019
ArcticFive HR meeting in Oulu 3.6.2019
Gender Equality Conference in Oulu 9-10.10.2019: Academic North staff presenting: Gender and Expertice in North
Arctic Attractiveness - Researchers' Cross-Border Mobility Event in Oulu 3.12.2019
Knowledge based growth in the Arctic - side event in Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø 29.1.2020

Planned events: 

Arctic Attractiveness - Researchers' Cross-Border Mobility Event in Luleå 02/2020
ArcticFive conference in Luleå 06/2020

These events were unfortunately cancelled due to the travelling etc. restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 



Luleå Tekniska Universitet (202100-2841)
Contact: PhD, Saila Piippola

Universitet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet (970 422 528)
Contact: Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen


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Mervi Heikkinen

University Researcher

Helena Louhela