Regional development at (post) extractive Arctic industrial cities of Finland and Russia: youth perspective

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.10 Self-governance and regional development in the High North: What (and how) information is used for strategic development?
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Maria Pitukhina (Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation), Anna Simakova (Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation)
Abstract text

The article deals with research results of a mutual Russian-Finnish project devoted to both youth living and working in the Arctic. The project titled “Live, Work or Leave? Youth – wellbeing and the viability of (post) extractive Arctic industrial cities in Finland and Russia” was supported by both Finnish Science Academy and Russian Foundation of Fundamental Research for the period of 2018-2020. Analyzing the attractiveness of (post) industrial cities in the Arctic (Kemijarvi, Kirovsk, Neryngri, Novy Urengoy) as places both to live and work, this project mainly focuses on youth qualitative data (youth welfare determinants) and quantitative data (Finnish and Russian statistics on youth) in (post)industrial cities of the Arctic. Arctic municipalities’ both perspectives and sustainability will depend on how younger generation sees personal development prospects. In a number of strategic programmes main task is defined as both human capital preservation and increase in the Arctic regions, undoubtedly, human resources is a high priority for the Arctic. Thus, it is possible to outline whether interests of the government, business and youth coincide? Survey results on youth perceptions as well as both government programs and large business strategies analysis are scrutinized. As a result, a number of maps visualizing youth flows/spill-overs will be outlined for Murmakskaya oblast, Republic of Sakha(Yakutia), Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomic District and Finnish Lapland.

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