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UTENRIKS-Internasjonale forhold - utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitikk og norske interesser

Replay or renew? Learning from 20+ years of Norwegian-Russian collaboration on health and social welfare in the Barents region (RE:BARENTS)

Alternative title: Fornyelse eller mer av det samme? Lærdommer fra norsk-russisk samarbeid omkring helse og sosial velferd i Barentsregionen (RE:BARENTS)

Awarded: NOK 7.5 mill.

RE:BARENTS will examine the impact of Norwegian–Russian collaboration on health and social welfare in the Barents region since 2000. The project will produce knowledge on the long-term impact of the projects, programmes and work of the committees, councils and expert groups engaged in this collaboration, and how it has affected the quality and durability of networks between authorities on various levels. RE:BARENTS includes both academic and non-academic partners and will also address what lessons that can be drawn for use in the further development of Norwegian–Russian collaboration on health and social welfare. RE:BARENTS' overarching research question is: –What are the impacts, direct and indirect, of the past 20+ years of Norwegian–Russian collaboration in health and social welfare in the Barents region? Specifically we will study: – What similarities and differences can be observed between how Russian and Norwegian actors view the desired results and impacts of this collaboration? – To what extent and how does proximity to the Norwegian–Russian border affect the quality and impact of the collaboration? – How is the collaboration affected by, and how does it adjust to, changes in the surrounding political, economic, social and structural contexts – e.g. strained political relations between Russia and the West; the COVID-19 pandemic? – What lessons can be drawn for use in the further development of Norwegian–Russian collaboration on health and social welfare?

RE:BARENTS examines the impact of Norwegian–Russian collaboration on health and social welfare in the Barents region since 2000. The project fills a gap by producing knowledge on the long-term impact of the projects, programmes and work of the committees, councils and expert groups engaged in this collaboration, and how it has affected the quality and durability of networks between authorities on various levels. The overarching research question: –What are the impacts, direct and indirect, of the past 20+ years of Norwegian–Russian collaboration in health and social welfare in the Barents region? Specifically: – To what extent and how does proximity to the Norwegian–Russian border affect the quality and impact of the collaboration? – How is the collaboration affected by, and how does it adjust to, changes in the surrounding political, economic, social and structural contexts – e.g. strained political relations between Russia and the West; the COVID-19 pandemic; the Russian invasion of Ukraine? The project is organised in five work packages (WPs): WP1: Health and social welfare collaboration overview WP2: Case studies of projects, programmes and Barents collaboration platforms WP3: A meta study of evaluations of health and welfare programmes and projects WP4: Local adaptation to the new situation on the Norwegian-Russian border WP4: Lessons learnt The project applies mixed methods including document analysis, a stakeholder survey, semi-structured individual and group interviews, Non-academic partners will be involved in all phases of the project, especially in dissemination of findings. The project has been substantially revised as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

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UTENRIKS-Internasjonale forhold - utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitikk og norske interesser