High North Dialogue PhD Course: Governance in the High North, implications for Arctic private and public sector

NOTE: Information for the 2018 course will be updated later.

The overall aim of the course is to learn and reflect upon multidisciplinary and multi-theoretical research approaches to governance in the context of the High North: what are implications for Arctic private and public sector.

This course will focus on the particular ‘level’ of governance associated with a type of organization (including, e.g. public governance, global governance, and corporate governance). Firstly, it will be identified the nature of the concept itself. Secondly, it will be considered in the framework of the relevant theories, and then the different examples of implications of the governance for the public sector, corporate industry, and global actors will be discussed. Active participation at the conference “High North Dialogue Conference 2017: Innovations in the Arctic” will give an exemplification of the governance issues in the context of the High North. The scenario workshop is an important section of the course. During the scenario workshop, students will learn about different methodologies for scenario building and use one of them to produce scenarios. They will be working in multidisciplinary groups on specific scenario topic developed by relevant stakeholders in the Arctic and relevant for the High North Dialogue conference.

The course is offered on a PhD-level from various fields (e.g. business studies, economics, public administration, political science, etc.). It is relevant for students at any stage of their PhD project who are dealing with governance issues. The participators can be using diverse research methodologies.

This is an intensive course. It will be five days in Bodø with individual study required before and after meeting in Bodø. The course integrates lectures by experts in the field, participation in the scenario workshop, presentations and discussions of the course literature by the participants. Students are supposed to present and participate in exercises individually and in groups. The participation in the course is based on the development of paper to be published in working papers series after the successful completion of the PhD course. The number of participants should be no more than 15.


The course fee, the conference fee, and meals during the events will be covered by the Nord University Business School. Students cover visa, travel and accommodation costs themselves. We can advise and book accommodation at student hostel for those who are interested, costs are 450-550 NOK/per night/ per person.

Accommodation grant

A limited number of hotel grants is provided. Accommodation is at a hotel, located in the center of Bodø, in rooms for two people. Grants are distributed upon evaluation of personal motivation letters. For applying for accommodation grants, students are asked to send a motivation letter describing their motives to take part in the course in light of their academic/professional achievements and personal interest to the issues of the High North. Those applying for grant should deliver full packs of documents including motivation letters before February 15, 2017.

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNord University
Begin date16.04.2018
End date20.04.2018
Registration deadline30.01.2018
ECTS credits7.5
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyPolitical science and civicsManagement and administration
Teaching placeBodø, Norway
Tagshigh northgovernance
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