Research Workshop

Call for papers!

The 3rd High North Dialogue Research Workshop
Business in the Arctic

Bodø, March 19-20, 2020

On behalf of the High North Dialogue organization committee, we invite you to take part in the 3rd High North Dialogue Research Workshop. The workshop with the topic “Business in the Arctic” will be held in Bodø, March 19-20, 2020 in conjunction with the annual High North Dialogue week.

During the recent decade, the High North regions with their extremely rich yet difficult to get natural resources have attracted a lot of attention by national states, global businesses and international policymakers. In order to use the resource potential but to maintain the sensitive Arctic environment and to contribute to the people living in the area, we need more knowledge about the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the High North.

High North Dialogue Research Workshop aims at providing an arena to present and discuss researchers’ work concerned with revealing the potential of the Arctic in relation to regional development or global trends, and to connect with similar-minded scholars across academic fields and professional experience.

The organizers welcome cross-disciplinary contributions that explore the opportunities and challenges of the High North context from the perspectives of not only economics and accounting but also history, organizational studies, international business, innovation and entrepreneurship, logistics and SCM, ethics, political science, etc. We encourage participation with theoretical, empirical (e.g. both in the context of the private and public sector) and methodological papers.

One of the workshop’s track will have a special focus on the issues of Business and Governance in the Barents Region.


  • Keynote speeches
  • Parallel tracks/paper presentations

Publishing opportunities

We are working on connecting a special Issue “Business in the Arctic” to the High North Dialogue workshop.

Organizing committee

  • Andreas Raspotnik, Senior Researcher at High North Center / Nord University Business School
  • Nadezda Nazarova, Associate Professor at High North Center / Nord University Business School
  • Elena Zhurova, Adviser at High North Center / Nord University Business School


Thursday, March 19th

Venue: Scandic Havet, Tollbugata 5, Bodø city center

13:30-14:30: Lunch

14:30-15:30:  Introduction / Welcome

Key Note Speech by Dr. Laurence C. Smith, Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCL

15:30-16:00:  Break

16:00-17:30: Track 1

18:30:  Research Workshop Dinner and networking at Ohma Restaurant (Storgata 2, Bodø)

Friday, March 20th

Venue: Nord University, room A5

08:30: Buss transfer from Scandic Havet to Nord University

09:00-10:00: Key Note Speeches – Future directions of the Arctic research

10:00-11:00:  Parallel tracks 1 and 2

11:00-11:30:  Coffee break

11:30-13:00:  Parallel tracks 1 and 2

13:00-14:00:  Lunch

14:00-15:30:  Parallel tracks 1 and 2

15:30:  Summary

16:00:  Buss transfer to Scandic Havet via Bodø Airport

How to join the workshop

We invite you to submit an abstract of a paper concerned with the topics of the workshop. The deadline to send abstracts is February 1, 2020. Within two weeks of the deadline for receipt of the abstract, the contact person will be notified if the abstract is accepted or not.

Guidelines for submission

All abstracts must be relevant to the central workshop theme. The abstract should contain the title of the paper, contact person, authors and their affiliations, keywords, and a summary of the paper. The abstracts should be one page in length (between 250 and 400 words) and include max five keywords.

Tracks will consist of presenters (ten minutes each), followed by discussant feedback. In sum, each session will last for 60 or 90 minutes, with half the session dedicated to debate and input from the other participants.

Registration and logistics

The registration fee for the Research Workshop is NOK 1 000, covering fees for meals and coffee breaks, transportation to Nord University on the 20th of March.

Participants of the High North Dialogue conference are offered a reduced fee to attend the Research Workshop – NOK 500.

For the registration, please follow the link: .

Participants are expected to cover the costs relating to international flights, accommodation, and domestic travel. The organizers advise you to book accommodation at Scandic Havet hotel where the High North Dialogue conference on March 18-19 and Day 1 of the High North Dialogue Research Workshop on March 19 will take place. Hotel booking can be done during registration.

Contact information:

Elena Zhurova, Ph.D., Adviser, High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University. Tel. +47 755 17 124/ mob. +47 936 84 061, E-mail: