Replay or renew? Learning from 20+ years of Norwegian-Russian collaboration on health and social welfare in the Barents region

A research project (2021-2024) funded by the Research Council of Norway (The UTENRIKS programme)


RE:Barents examines the impact of Norwegian–Russian collaboration on health and social welfare in the Barents region since 2000. The project fills a gap by producing knowledge on the long-term impact of the projects, programmes and work of the committees, councils and expert groups engaged in this collaboration, and how it has affected the quality and durability of networks between authorities on various levels.

The overarching research question:
What are the impacts, direct and indirect, of the past 20+ years of Norwegian–Russian collaboration in health and social welfare in the Barents region?


  • RE:Barents at Barents Pride
    As part of the RE:Barents project we invited an anonymous researcher from Russia, whom we know from extensive research collaboration with OsloMet, to visit and report from this year’s Barents Pride festival in Kirkenes. The festival took place 21-24 September. The decision to keep the author’s identity anonymous stems from the current restrictive anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Russia. …
  • RE:Barents workshop
    Part of the research team met at Skogen, Oslo, to finalize an academic article on conviviality across the Norwegian-Russian border – we cross our fingers that it will be accepted!
  • RE:Barents results presented at BASEES conference
    NIBR researchers Aadne Aasland and Marthe Handå Myhre presented findings from the RE:Barents survey at the BASEES conference in Glasgow 31 March – 2 April 2023. Abstract: While right until its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 Russia had a certain soft power appeal to segments of the population in Western Europe, much of …