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The Barents Journal (KO499)
Funded by Kolarctic ENPI 2007-2013

Objective of the project

To jointly develop ‘The Barents Journal’ – an easy available electronic international academic journal – as a tool for delivering current research results concerning the people and the region, as well as socio-economic, political, environmental developments, and thus providing information outside and within the programme area.

Main activities

The main activity of the project has been to establish and facilitate the journal Barents Studies: Peoples, Economies and Politics. During the project period, four issues of the journal were published or close to being published (the last issue was being finalised when this report was written). 1000 copies of each of the issues have been printed. The project has also established and maintained a website . In addition to providing the basic information of the project, the website contains information for potential authors of the journal and hosts the electronic versions of the journal issues.


The project saw the birth of the first academic journal concentrating on the Barents region. It debates aspects affecting regional development, and popularizes research results by sharing topical scientific news. The Barents Studies Journal is directed at researchers and students, but also to the man on the street: A popularized supplement issue, was published in 2014, that provided many stories about everyday life and research in the Barents Region. The project has expanded the understanding of the Barents Region in a global, social, political and economic context, and increased international awareness of the region.

Basic information



2012-12-18 - 2015-04-17

Total Budget / Programme funding

393 733 € / 354 360 €

Lead partner

University of Lapland (Arctic Centre)
Lead partner web-site


Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences
Barents Institute