Research Workshop

The 2nd

High North Dialogue; Business in the Arctice Research Workshop

 Bodø, April 4-5, 2019

On behalf of the High North Dialogue organization committee, we invite you to take part in the 2nd High North Dialogue Research Workshop. The workshop will be held in Bodø, April 4-5, 2019 in conjunction with the annual High North Dialogue week.

High North Dialogue Research Workshop aims at providing arena to present and discuss researchers’ work concerned with challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the Arctic, and to connect with similar minded scholars across academic fields and professional experience.

The workshop will address topics originating from earlier High North Dialogue conferences such as Business and Governance in the High North, Arctic Politics and Security issues, Smart cities and Smart societies in the High North, Blue Growth in the Arctic and others.

One of the workshop’s track will be devoted to the issues of Business and Governance in the Barents Region.


  • Key note speeches
  • Parallel sessions/paper presentations

Publishing opportunities  

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

 Organizing committee

  • Frode Mellemvik, Professor, Director High North Center, Nord University Business School.
  • Elena Dybtsyna, Associate Professor, Nord University Business School.
  • Elena Zhurova, Adviser, Nord University Business School.
  • Nadezda Nazarova, Researcher, Nord University Business School.


 Thursday April 4

Venue: Scandic Havet, Tollbugata 5, Bodø city center

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Introduction / Welcome

  •  Key Note Speech Laurence C. Smith, Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

16:00-17:30:  Track 1

19:00:     Conference Dinner and networking

Friday April 5

Venue: Nord University, room A5

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

09:00-10:00: Key Note Speeches

Jackie Dawson, Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa (tbc)
Sergey Vasiliev, Professor, Director of MGIMO-University Odintsovo Branch

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 research paper concerned with the topics of the workshop by February 15, 2019. Selections will be made by February 21, 2019 and those selected will be offered to attend the event and present their paper.

Submit the abstract by sending it to

Tracks will consist of presenters (10 minutes each), followed by a 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.

Poster presentation

The High North Dialogue program provides opportunity for poster presentation during April  3-4, 2019 at Scandic Havet. This option is offered to the conference participants.

Contact information:

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