Jørn Holm Hansen

Project Leader, Oslomet

Jørn Holm Hansen is a senior researcher, PhD in political science, at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research – Oslo Metropolitan University. His main academic field of work is politics and public administration in Russia, Poland and other East-Central European EU states. Among the subjects covered by his research lately are cross-border cooperation between Russia and Norway in the North, federalism in Ukrainian politics,  welfare reforms in Russia and network governance in Russia.

Jørn Holm-Hansen – OsloMet

Marthe Handå Myhre

Postdoctoral researcher, Oslomet

Marthe Handå Myhre is a postdoc at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo Metropolitan University. Marthe holds a Ph.D. in Russia studies from the University of Oslo. Her research interests include but are not limited to nation building, nationalism, migration and the interaction between state and non-state actors in Russia and other post-Soviet states. She has previously published in Russian Review, Nationalities Papers and East European Politics.

Marthe Handå Myhre – OsloMet

Aadne Aasland

Researcher, Oslomet

Aadne Aasland is a senior researcher at NIBR, OsloMet. He has broad experience from research on social welfare, ethnopolitics, migration and governance in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. Aadne currently leads a project on the accommodation of regional diversity of Ukraine, and one analysing cross-border collaboration between Russia and Norway on health and social welfare. He has designed, implemented and analysed a large number of social surveys, in Norway and internationally.

Aadne Aasland – OsloMet

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie

Researcher, Oslomet

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie is a senior researcher at NIBR, OsloMet. He has broad experience from research on minority politics and policy, ethnopolitical cooperation and conflict, network governance between civil society representatives and state-based actors, and discourses on ethnic minorities and majorities. He has mainly worked in the Nordic states and Russia. Berg-Nordlie is currently involved in projects about indigenous urbanization and representation, as well as border-transcending cooperation in the north.

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie – OsloMet

Marlene Laruelle

Active Partner

Marlene Laruelle (Ph.D.) is Director and Research Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.  Dr. Laruelle is also Director of the Illiberalism Studies Program and a Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia). She has recently published Memory Politics and the Russian Civil War. Reds versus Whites (Bloomsbury 2020, with Margarita Karnysheva) and Is Russia Fascist? Unraveling Propaganda East and West (Cornell University Press 2021).

Irina Busygina

Active Partner

Irina Busygina is professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Higher School of Economics at Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her research interests include comparative federalism and regionalization, Russian domestic and foreign policy, Russia-EU relations. Her latest publications are: Post-Soviet Integration, and the EAEU: The Balance between Domination and Cooperation ( (with Mikhail Filippov); The Hows and Whys of Reforming Russian Federalism (, Russian Federalism: Informal Elite Games Against Formal Democratic Institutions – PONARS Eurasia (with Mikhail Filippov) and Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood: Coercion Versus Authority (UK: Routledge, 2018).

Katarzyna Kaczmarska

Active Partner

Dr. Kasia Kaczmarska is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Kasia’s research lies at the intersection of post-Soviet politics, International Relations and the sociology of knowledge. She is the author of Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts: The Politics of International Relations and Policy Advice in Russia (Routledge 2020). Her work has been published in Problems of Post Communism, International Studies Review and International Relations.

Jakub M. Godzimirski

Active Partner

Jakub M. Godzimirski holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters PAN (1987) and an MA in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of Warsaw (1981). In 1995 he joined the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) where his main areas of research have been Russian foreign, security and economic policy, energy policy and developments in the post-Soviet space and in Central and Eastern Europe. Godzimirski has conducted several studies focusing on Russia’s role in post-Soviet conflicts, Russia’s relations with other actors (OSCE, NATO, Norway, Poland) and Russia’s and the EU’s energy policy. Currently he leads RUSMENA, a project examining Russian policies towards the Middle East and North Africa. His major recent publications are The Political Economy of Russian Aluminium – between the Dual State and Global Markets (Palgrave Macmillan 2018, International Political Economy series (IPE)) and three edited volumes; New Political Economy of Energy in Europe. Power to Project, Power to Adapt (Palgrave Macmillan 2019, IPE series), EU leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance? Global and Local Challenges and Responses (Palgrave Macmillan, IPE series 2017) and Russian Energy in a Changing World: What is the Outlook for the Hydrocarbons Superpower (Ashgate 2013).

Jakub M. Godzimirski – Researcher/Employee | NUPI

Michal Onderco

Active Partner

Michal Onderco is associate Professor of International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He studies international security, with focus on nuclear politics and domestic politics of foreign policy. He also maintains a healthy side-interest in the security policy of Central European countries. He has authored Iran’s Nuclear Program and the Global South, as well as papers which appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, Cooperation & Conflict, The Nonproliferation Review (and elsewhere).  In 2018-2019, he was a Junior Faculty Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. In the past, he was a Stanton short-term fellow at FGV in Sao Paulo, Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, and Fulbright visiting researcher at Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. and a LLM from the Free University Amsterdam, and acquired his BA from Jacobs University Bremen.