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
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
Publications All publications
Publication | 2022
Russia’s post-1991 nation-building project has been torn between competing interpretations of national identity. Whereas the other former Soviet repu1
Publication : Popular scientific article | 2021
Does trade really foster trust? In the case of conflict-torn regions, developing trade links is often believed to contribute to transforming conflict1
Bennich-Björkman, Li & Sergiy Kurbatov, eds. When the Future Came: The Collapse of the USSR and the Emergence of National Memory in Post-Soviet His...Publication : Book review | 2021
Perestroika, the fateful years when Mikhail Gorbachev's plans for reforming the Soviet structure ended with the Union’s full collapse, is for ma1
Publication : Book review | 2021
Based on a review of extensive source material, Geir Flikke describes how Alexei Navalny has gradually evolved into becoming one of the Russian oppos1
Publication : Academic article | 2021
Do authoritarian regimes engage in active export of their political systems? Or are they primarily concerned about their geopolitical interests? This1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Almost all de facto states that survive for some time have a powerful 'patron' that provides security guarantees and economic support. Too often this has resulted in the de facto states simp...
Research project | 2018 - 2022 (Ongoing)
GEOPATH is a collaborative research project which aims to build competency in the Georgian research sector as well as producing new insights into the crucial question of Georgia's future strategi...
Research project | 2017 - 2020 (Completed)
GPARC aims to provide up-to-date academic and policy analyses of how major powers (USA, Russia, China) set parameters for and intervene in the maritime politics of the Arctic....
Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations? (CANARCT)Research project | 2016 - 2019 (Completed)
This project addresses Russia's Arctic policy provisions compared with other states. Can cooperative Russian and Western Arctic policies survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations?...
Research project | 2014 - 2016 (Completed)
The project "Developments in the Russian Far East" looks at Russian decision-making and international engagement around development of Russia’s Pacific coast....
Events All events
EventTue 6 Dec 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI/Live stream to Facebook and YouTube
For years the Kremlin has been promoting conspiracy theories to legitimize its actions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the regime itself became the target of such theories.
EventMon 31 Oct 2022Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI / Livestream to Facebook and Youtube
Abkhazia’s contested status is a source of geopolitical conflict between states and alliances. But how has the campaign to expand this unrecognised state’s network of diplomatic contacts been conducted?
EventFri 14 Oct 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has changed the security of the Black Sea region forever.
EventTue 30 Aug 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
May Putin in fact be losing more support than he is winning when he “talks conservative”?
EventMon 9 May 2022Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: C.J. Hambrosplass 2 D / Livestream to Facebook and Youtube
Russian societal response to Putin’s war with Ukraine is hard to gauge. Anecdotal evidence and livestreams of pro-regime rallies suggests a consolidation around the state and President Putin, while evidence from protest and everyday resistance suggests growing opposition. How do we interpret these conflicting signals in a closed system?
Articles All articles
1 Nov 2022
The World Stage takes a closer look at Abkhazia, a de facto state in Southern Caucasus, and focus on its efforts to secure diplomatic ties in the pos1
3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1