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Dr. Lassi Heininen is a Professor of Arctic Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland (Finland). As a political scientist and an expert on International Relations, Geopolitics, Security, Environmental Politics and Arctic Studies, Prof. Heininen will contribute social and political sciences to the Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI), as well as the entire scientific agenda of IIASA. He will lead and coordinate the comparative study, analysis and synthesis of national strategies of Arctic states and observer nations, as well as strategies/policies and programs of the Arctic Council and its Working Groups, and AC Chairmanship programs (report delivered at the Arctic Circle Assembly in October 2018). He will also work with and supervise postdocs at IIASA.
Among his other academic positions are Adjunct professor (Docent) at University of Oulu (Finland) and Trent University (Ontario, Canada), Visiting Professor at University of Akureyri (Iceland), Director of International Summer School in Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University (Russia). He is also Chairman of Calotte Academy and Northern Research Forum’s Steering Committee (see: www.nrf.is), Head of Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security Studies (a joint TN between NRF and UArctic), and the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, a peer-reviewed online international publication (see: arcticyearbook.com
Prof. Heininen teaches and lectures regularly abroad and supervises MA and PhD students from Finland, Iceland, Russia and other Arctic countries. His research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Northern / Arctic Studies, and Political History. He is the author of circa 300 scientific publications. Among the latest ones are ”Future Security of the Global Arctic: State Policy, Economic Security and Climate”, “Security and Sovereignty in the North Atlantic” (ed.) by Palgrave Pivot (2014 and 2016); "Northern Geopolitics: Actors, Interests and Processes in the circumpolar Arctic" in Polar Geopolitics: Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes (eds. by Powell&Dodds, 2014); "Finland as an Arctic and European State" in International Relations and the Arctic. Understanding Policy and Governance (Cambria Press, 2014); "Russian Strategies in the Arctic: Avoiding a New Cold War" (with Sergunin and Yarovoy) by The Valdai Discussion Club (2014) (available at www.valdaiclub.com); "Human security, the Arctic Council and climate change: competition or co-existence?" (with H. Nicol) in Polar Record (2013); "Arctic security – new challenges and global problems" in The Yearbook of Polar Law 2013, Volume 5. (2013); "Arctic Strategies and Policies - Inventory and Comparative Study" (2011) (available at www.nrf.is.
Prof. Heininen is actively involved in and invited to speak at numerous international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as organizing both academic gatherings and those implementing the interplay between science and politics (e.g. Calotte Academy, NRF Open Assemblies, International Summer School in Karelia, Arctic Circle Assembly). He has received Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon, and was the Finnish Torchbearer of the Torch Relay to the North Pole for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014.
Last update: 12-SEP-2017
Antsygina E, Heininen L, & Komendantova N (2020). A Comparative Study on the Cooperation in the Arctic Ocean and the South China Sea. In: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Eds. Pokrovsky, O.S., Kirpotin, N.K. & Malov, A.I., Nova Publishers. ISBN 978-1-53617-306-2 (In Press)
Heininen L (2018). Artic Geopolitics from Classical to Critical Approach-Importance of Immaterial Factors. Geography, Environment, Sustainability 11 (1): 171-186. DOI:10.24057/2071-9388-2018-11-1-171-186.
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