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?


  • Presidential programme final conference
    On 28 January 2022 the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities organised the final conference of the Presidential programme, one of the programmes that is studied in the RE:Barents project. Due to Covid restrictions the event was organised in a digital fashion. About 70 participants, mostly previous participants in the programme, could listen to …
  • RE:Barents presented at Nordområdekonferansen
    At Nordområdekonferansen, organised by the Norwegian Health and Care Ministry 6-7 December in Oslo (Radisson Nydalen), Aadne Aasland presented the RE:Barents project to those who have received funding for health collaboration with Russia from the Ministry’s grant scheme. Aasland also used the opportunity to present the plans for the evaluation of this grant scheme which …
  • Collaboration in difficult times
    RE:Barents researchers (Bård Kårtveit and Vigdis Nygaard at NORCE) write about the importance of keeping up collaboration with Russian partners – in Dagsavisen 6 December 2021.