University of Tromsø, Barents Institute, Norway

The University of Tromsø is the northernmost university of the world. It´s location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Life in the High North is shaped by wild nature, contrasting light and weather conditions, geographic distances and multiculturalism. Many of UiT´s research centres and study programmes reflect the specific character of Arctic Norway. UiT´s key research focuses on the polar environment, indigenous people, peace and conflict transformation, telemedicine, medical biology, space physics, fishery science, linguistics and computational chemistry.

In response to the need to produce knowledge about and to explain the border regiob between Norway and Russia, and to gain competence on the transnational relationships among the countries in the Barents region, the Barents Institute was forged in 2006. The central focus is on the research and knowledge production regarding border regions and borderlands in Europe. In the process, we aim to fill a niche in Norwegian academe, which does not yet offer a specialization on border studies and research. Located in Northern Norway the Barents Institute also pursues goals outlined in Norway´s strategic plans on the High North within the Barents Region and in comparative perspective.

Contact: Aileen Espiritu,
:Hansine Hansens veg 14, Tromsoe 9037, Norway
Phone: +47 7897 7070

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Dr. James Scott
Project manager
Ph: (+358) 50366 0653
Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €