Central research topics are energy politics and economics, including oil, natural gas and renewable energy. Also in focus are ethnicity, nation-building and nationalism in Russia and Asia and the Arctic, and democracy and human rights in these countries.

Further research areas are Russian foreign and security policy, the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, the geopolitics of natural resources and territory in the Arctic and the Caspian region, and relations with China and other significant neighbours.

The group is lead by Kristin Fjæstad.