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Dear friends and members of the MOST Circumpolar Coping Processes Project,


Related to a conference on Iceland and traveling, the MOST CCPP secretariat will not be staffed in the period 6.09. 20.09.00. For any questions during this period, please get in touch with Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, e-mail: job@ruc.dk or Nils Aarsæther, nilsaa@sv.uit.no.


Enclosed you will find the information forwarded to all Nordic Institutions involved in the PhD-education. In many ways the Nordic Research School On Local Dynamics can be considered as the phase 2 of the MOST CCPP project:


On behalf of the steering committee of the Nordic Research School On Local Dynamics (NOLD), we are proud to inform you about the formal establishment and start of the Research School with participants from all Nordic Countries including The Faroes, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. The steering committee is made up by:

Associate professor Unnur Dis Skaptadottir, University of Iceland, Iceland, e-mail: unnurd@hi.is .
Professor Nils Aarsæther, University of Tromsø, Norway, e-mail: nilsaa@sv.uit.no .
Professor Markku Tykkyläinen, University of Joensuu, Finland, e-mail: markku.tykkylainen@joensuu.fi
Professor Kjell Havnevik, Dept. of Rural Dev. Studies, SLU, Sweden, e-mail: kjell.havnevik@kontakt.slu.se
Associate professor Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Roskilde University, Denmark, e-mail: job@ruc.dk

At the inaugural meeting at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) at Uppsala on Monday August 21, 2000 it was decided by the members of the steering committee to contribute to the financing of four doctoral candidates. The University of Iceland and the University of Joensuu will each have one PhD-student from January 2001, and Tromsø and Uppsala will follow during the first months of 2001. This core group of four PhD-students will be supplemented with PhD-students from the Research Centre on Local and Regional Development in Klaksvik, the Faroe Islands, and from the Nordic Sami Institute, Norway, and with more candidates under evaluation.

The focus of the Nordic Research School for Local Dynamics is on the local level and the dynamics taking place inside the northern local communities, between them, and related to actors and processes national and international. Issues to mention here are the new technologies (IT), resource management and tourism among others. The Nordic Research School On Local Dynamics represents a strengthening of both the Nordic research cooperation and the educational cooperation between Universities and Research Institutions in the Nordic Area.

Our method is "the locality approach" with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work. The aim of the School is a close co-operation between the students, to be reflected by common doctoral courses twice a year, cooperation in fieldwork, and exchange of their findings and results via the Internet. Activities and workshops as well as the doctoral courses and conferences will be coordinated by the secretariat at the University of Tromsø.

In its structure and methodology, the Nordic Research School On Local Dynamics builds on the experiences from the international UNESCO MOST Circumpolar Coping Processes Project (1996-2000). See the publications "Coping Strategies in the North" 1998 and "The reflexive North" (forthcoming), UNESCO MOST publications and the homepage www.unesco.org/most/p91.htm .

The scientific coordination of Nordic Research School by Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, acting as visiting professor at the Tromsø University, Norway, is supported by the Nordic Academy for Advanced Studies (NorFA). Furthermore, the Nordic Council of Ministers has made resources available to establish, start and employ four PhD-students in 2001. Additionally, the University of Iceland and University of Joensuu / Academy of Finland intend to contribute means to the position of their PhD-students. The University of Tromsø, Norwegian Research Council (NFR), Telenor, SLU and the INTERREG IIIA programme have been or will be approached to secure financing of the activities.

For further questions and inquiries please contact the individual represents of the participating institutions, the Chairman of the Steering committee Nils Aarsæther, Scientific coordinator Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt or the secretariat at the University of Tromsø, Research Officer Jochen Peters jochen@sv.uit.no .

Unnur Dis Skaptadottir (sign) Markku Tykkyläinen (sign) Kjell Havnevik (sign)
(steering committee) (steering committee) (steering committee)

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt (sign) Nils Aarsæther (sign) Jochen Peters (sign)
(scientific coordinator) (chairman steering committee) Research Officer



As we already informed you about in our last newsletter, the MOST CCPP will hereby invite you to the MOST CCPP workshop (please notice that this workshop earlier was announced to take place at Mekrijärvi, but is now moved to Joensuu/Huhmari):


The overall aim of the workshop is to present and to discuss papers related to the issues the MOST Circumpolar Coping Processes Project works with. The experiences we made under the MOST CCPP symposium in Roskilde/Holbæk, Denmark in 1997, the MOST CCPP workshop in 1997 in Klaksvik, Faroe Islands, at the MOST CCPP user conference in Isafjordur, Iceland 1998, and on the international Scientific Conference in Apatity, North-West Russia 1999, tell us that our network consists of many scientists and researchers who are working on similar questions and issues.

The more precise theme we would like to analyse in papers and discuss at the workshop is "whether, how and why regional policies are working in concert with coping strategies locally".

Everybody is welcome, and please notice the deadline for application: September 29, 2000.

More information on the workshop can be found at: www.unesco.org/most/p91finla.htm.


As already reported in OUR newsletter from April this year, the second book of the MOST CCPP network " The reflexive North" is under reviewing by the Toronto University Press. Due to internal reasons, the reviewing process could not be finished yet, but hopefully we will be able to get back to this issue with more information soon.

We look forward to see you in Joensuu,

On behalf of the MOST CCPP,
with the best regards

Jochen Peters
Research officer

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