PetrSU at the Seminar of the Project “Well-Being of Youth and Sustainability of the Arctic Industrial Cities of Russia and Finland”
Rovaniemi (Finland) hosted a work meeting of the international research group of the project supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Academy of Finland on the topic “Live? Work? Or Leave? Well-Being of Youth and Sustainability of the Arctic Industrial Cities of Russia and Finland”.
On the Russian side the project is managed by Aitalina Ivanova, Associate Professor of North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk; the project manager in Finland is Florian Stammler, Professor of the Arctic Center of the University of Lapland.
Among Russian participants of the project is the Budget Monitoring Center of PetrSU, represented in Rovaniemi by the senior research fellow, Doctor of Political Sciences Maria Pitukhina and junior research fellow Anna Simakova.
At the Arctic Center of Rovaniemi (Arcticum) scientists discussed research plan for the next three years and organization of field trips in the first year of implementation of the project. During the field trips the researchers will study the determinants of well-being of youth in the territories of Russia and Finland in such cities as Kirovsk in Murmansk Oblast, Novy Urengoy in Yamal, Neryugri in Yakutia and Kemijarvi in Finland.
The program of the visit also included a working meeting with the Mayor of Kemijarvi Atte Rantanen and representatives of local administration interested in the project as in recent years Kemijarvi has seen a considerable outflow of young people who move to larger cities like Rovaniemi, Oulu, and Helsinki. The municipal authorities expect that the project will determine the reasons and factors of the outflow in order to create conditions for well-being and attract youth to Kemijarvi for life and work.
This situation is similar in the Russian Arctic industrial cities, so comparative studies of Finnish and Russian circumstances will help developing recommendations for municipal and regional authorities to motivate youth to live and work in the Arctic.