PhD / MA course extractive industires at the world’s biggest hole

The Uarctic Arctic Extractive Industries PhD programme organises its Trubkamira_askYakutiaspring 2016 course, this time also open for M.A. students, eligibility for participation see below.

The course is hosted by the North Eastern Federal University, Yakutia, Russia, February 16-22, 2016. Yakutia in Siberia is not a cheap, but fascinating place to go. Interested students can apply for funding. Please express your interest to one of the Thematic Network leaders if you want to participate.

Course title: Resource governance between global theories and local approaches
Resource governance in the Arctic  and its importance for geopolitics has been shaped by several big industry development projects that changed the way in which people relate to their resources altogether. One such place is  Mirnyi in Yakutia, Siberia, a town which was established for digging what has become the biggest artificial hole on our planet – an open pit Diamond mine, which is today called “trubka mira”, the piece-pipe. In this course we focus on the relation of global and circumpolar resource governance approaches and its influence on life and practices among people that live literally on these resources, as well as examine the ways in which local people and practices can influence governance and geopolitics, if at all. How do resource governance and geopolitical changes shape the local experience of resource governance? Do local actors have the possibility to impact these changes themselves through claims to, for example, environmental and societal protection? The lectures in the course shall give insights to linkages between such larger developments as the centre-periphery relations, management approaches to natural resources, comparative analysis of such approaches and relations between the Soviet Union, contemporary Russia and other regions of the Arctic. Moreover, we shall pay specific attention in the course discussions to different levels of extractive industries resource governance on the international, national, provincial or local level and their interrelation. Among other topics, we shall discuss how these different level address and weigh the major orientation of resource governance, such as environmental, social, cultural, economic aspects.

Any and all interested PhD and Masters students are welcome to apply. Students in funding partner countries (Norway, Canada, USA, Russia, China, Denmark, Finland) are eligible for funding – the number of funded participants will be limited to the funding available. All applications will be considered on the basis of previous participation (to complete the certificate program) as well as project/paper proposal.

Instructions for applicants you can find here.

Application deadline, 10 December

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  1. fstammle

    Please note, the application deadline is now extended until 10 December. We need the following from applicants:

    1) letter of motivation (why you want to go there and how is this related to your work)
    2) CV
    3) abstract of paper / chapter to be presented there, can be a draft article, a draft chapter, a draft research plan.
    4) short ouline of your PhD / Masters topic (surely you have that, just send it along)
    5) scan of your passport, home address and telephone, for visa invitation application.

    So if you send us items 1-5 before Dec 10, you have chances to get selected for funded participation.

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