What are we doing?

About the project

This project aims to produce new knowledge about how civil society and the authorities of contemporary Russia interact through formal institutions such as Public Chambers, consultative councils and other arrangements. Part of the drive for the project stems from an academic interest in finding out if the “network governance” idea developed under Western European conditions is appliccable as an analytical framework to countries outside its original geographical arena.

On this website we will put out links to publications in newspapers and scientific journals that we publish during the project (see right margin: publications).

By the end of the project we will also publish a book on network governance as a phenomenon in the Russian context.

Who are we?

About the team

Network governance in Russia (Netgovru) is a project located at the Department of International Studies and Migration of the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR). It involves a multinational team of researchers from NIBR and the the Centre for Independent Social Research (St. Petersburg, Russia), De Montefort University(United Kingdom), Freie Universität, Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Moscow Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), Svobodnoe mnenie (Samara, Russia), and the University of Nordland (Norway).

The following researchers are involved in the project:

Aadne Aasland (project leader), NIBR

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, NIBR

Elena Bogdanova, Centre for Independent Social Research

Jonathan D. Davies, De Montefort University

Jørn Holm-Hansen, NIBR

Sabine Kropp, Freie Universität, Berlin

Vadim Kononenko

Anastasiya Meylakhs, Centre for Independent Social Research

Olga Tkach, Centre for Independent Social Research

Asbjørn Røiseland, University of Nordland

Oksana Zaporozhets, Higher School of Economics



The project Netgovru, financed by the Norwegian Research Council‘s NORRUS programme, now has its own website. Here, we will publish news about our activities, publications, and findings.

The project began January 1, 2013, and will be ongoing throughout 2015.