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?


  • Paper at borderland conference
    On 23 September 2021 Jørn Holm-Hansen (NIBR) presented the paper «Cross-border cooperation between Russian and Norwegian grassroot organizations: To what extent is it affected by changes in the geopolitical atmosphere?» written together with Aadne Aasland (NIBR) and Elena Dybtsyna (Nord University) at the conference «Relations in the Borderlands: Old and New Inhabitants» in Białystok, Poland. …
  • Re:Barents kick-off workshop
    The Re:Barents project had its kick-off workshop on 28 May 2021. Team members from all partner institutions were present. Participants were welcomed by NIBR Institute Director Geir Heierstad, Research Director Kristian Rose Tronstad and Project leader Aadne Aasland. Both project researchers and non-academic partner institutions expressed great commitment to the project and emphasised the importance …