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


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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  • How Important Are Traditional Values for Putin’s Support?
    Tue 30 Aug 2022
    Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI

    May Putin in fact be losing more support than he is winning when he “talks conservative”?

  • Protest Potentials and Protest Realities: The Gap Between Intent and Action in Russia in 2022
    Mon 9 May 2022
    Time: 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?

  • WEBINAR: Renegotiating patron support for Nagorno-Karabakh after the 2020 war
    Fri 3 Dec 2021
    Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Livestream to Facebook and Youtube

    Last autumn, in a matter of weeks, the Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians lost two-thirds of the territory they had controlled since 1994. In the end, only Russian intervention stopped a full reabsorption of Nagorno-Karabakh into Azerbaijan. How has this affected regional power constellations?

  • De Facto States and Land-for-Peace Agreements: Territory and Recognition at Odds?
    Tue 5 Oct 2021
    Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: C.J. Hambrosplass 2 D / Livestream to Facebook and Youtube

    Sovereignty conflicts are inevitably linked to geography. Can there be geographical solutions to secessionist conflicts, which are caught between two principles at cross purposes: the principle of self-determination (defended by de facto states) and the principle of territorial integrity (defended by parent states)?

  • Mixed Signals: What Putin Says about Gender Equality
    Thu 27 May 2021
    Time: 16:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams

    Researchers on Russia have noticed that Putin gradually has adopted a more conservative agenda, especially as regards gender issues. But is this reflected in the Russian president's own rhetoric?

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