Helge Blakkisrud

Senior Research Fellow (part time)


Helge Blakkisrud’s main research interests include Russian federalism and centre–region relations, in particular, the development of the institution of governors. Research interests also include Russia's High North/Arctic policy, nationality policy and Russian nationalism, as well as processes of state-building and nation-building in Eurasia, especially in Eurasian de facto states.

Blakkisrud is editor of Nordisk Østforum, a Nordic peer-reviewed journal for Russian and East European studies. 

He has been a guest lecturer at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek, since 2008. In 2009–2010, he was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at UC Berkeley.


1996- PhD-programme (Political Science), University of Oslo

1995 Cand.Polit. (Political Science) from University of Oslo. Dissertation: De russiske minoritetene i Estland og Latvia. Minoriteters responsstrategier ved endrede rammebetingelser

Work Experience

1995 Senior Research Fellow/Head of Research Group on Russia, Asia and International Trade, NUPI

2018- Part time position, Norwegian University Centre, St Petersburg

1995- OSCE Election Observer (various elections in Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Bosnia-Herzegovina)

1994- Editor in Chief, Nordisk Østforum (Nordic Journal of East European and Post-Soviet Studies

1994 Member of the CSSE Mission in Latvia. Leader of the Mission's mobile team

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