Netgovru at the Aleksanteri conference, Helsinki

Five papers with basis in the Netgovru project were presented at the 2014 Aleksanteri Conference in Helsinki in October 2014.

One panel was devoted to theories and findings from the project:

1C: Network Governance and Social Policies in Russia (Hall 8)

Chair: Anni Kangas (University of Tampere, Finland)

The Discursive Construction of Non-State Actors Roles in Russian Policy-Formation and Policy-Implementation
Marthe Handå Myhre (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Norway)

Applying Network Governance on Russia
Jørn Holm-Hansen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Norway)

The Role of NGOs in the Sphere of Children Protection in Contemporary Russia
Elena Bogdanova (Centre for Independent Social Research, Russia)

Discussant: Regina Smyth (University of Indiana, USA)
In addition, two individual papers were presented:

5D: New Practices of Public Administration (Hall 17)

Chair: Sari Autio-Sarasmo (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)

The Role of Governance Networks in Handling Complex Social Issues in Russia’s Regions
Aadne Aasland (The Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Norway) and Elena Bogdanova (Centre for Independent Social Research, Russia)

6D: Opposition Politics in Russia (U40, Hall 8)

Chair: Vladimir Gel’man (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Migration Policies and Acts of Citizenship: Problems of Cooperation
Alexander Kondakov (Centre for Independent Social Research; European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia)


Article on Migration and Citizenship

Alexander Kondakov, The Acts of Civil Subjects: Migration and Acts of Citizenship, The Journal of Social Policy Studies, 2014. Vol. 12. No. 2. pp 169–184. Full text can be downloaded.


Article in book volume on HIV

Aadne Aasland, Arne Grønningsæter and Peter Meylakhs: More People are Positive, but is Everything Negative? Russia and the HIV Epidemic. In
Raymond Smith: Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism [1st volume]: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues, Praeger Publishers, 2013


Newspaper article in Klassekampen

Hva skjer med det russiske sivilsamfunnet? By Aadne Aasland, Mikkel Berg-Nordlie and Jørn Holm-Hansen, Klassekampen 6 May 2013.

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.