The research priorities of the Borders and Russia thematic area are
- Karelia and the changes in the social and governmental structures in Russia
- External borders of the EU, integration and neighbourhood
- Life, migration and interaction in border regions.
This thematic area focuses on Northwest Russia and Northern Europe; Finland and the eastern border of the European Union and the border regions. Our approach to research is multidisciplinary and comparative, and our researchers actively participate in international research debate on the formation of nations and regions, the changing significance of borders, and development of border regions, particularly as part of European integration, globalisation and the period of social and political transition following the Cold War.
VERA network for Russian and Border Studies coordinates research and promotes education programmes on Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland.
The responsible person in this thematic area is Professor Ilkka Liikanen.