NDI Think Tank Action

The goal of the NDI Think Tank Action is to enhance regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension area through science diplomacy, capacity building and people-to-people contacts. This Action supports EU’s Northern Dimension framework that aims at promoting dialogue and cooperation between the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland and supporting the EU Arctic policy.

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In the times of ongoing political tensions between the EU and Russia, the Northern Dimension (ND) is one of few instruments to continue practical cooperation and dialogue across a broad range of topics, including environment, nuclear safety, health, energy, transport, logistics, promotion of trade and investment, research, education, and culture. The ND is a joint initiative of the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland, which was started in 1999 and renewed in 2006. The USA and Canada hold observer status in the ND. 

The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) is an academic partner in the ND structure established in 2009. Currently, the NDI network comprises 33 members. This NDI Think Tank Action (2019-2021) focuses on four core topics:

  • Role of culture and creative industries in solving societal challenges,
  • Healthy ageing,
  • Emerging routes between Europe and Asia, and
  • Combating climate change/curbing black carbon emissions.

IIASA contributes to this NDI Think Tank Action by conducting a foresight study on shipping in the Arctic. Several plausible future scenarios will be constructed, and their drivers and implications across economic, environmental and technological dimensions will be detailed. This foresight study will build on a series of co-creation workshops involving representatives of policy, business and academic communities from different countries of the ND.  

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Last edited: 04 February 2020


Elena Rovenskaya

Program Director

Advanced Systems Analysis

Acting Program Director

Evolution and Ecology

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2019 - 2021

NDI Think Tank Action

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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