Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

The mission of CEMAT is to produce and deliver research-based knowledge to the use of societal stakeholders in Finland and internationally.

CEMAT conducts academic research focusing on Russia and channels the knowledge to the use of the business community and other societal stakeholders In Finland.

CEMAT supports EU-level decision-making as the lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI), the mission of which is to serve the knowledge needs of the Northern Dimension policy.

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Northern Dimension Newsflash 3/2021 is out
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Northern Dimension Newsflash 3/2021 is out

Better visibility for the Northern Dimension
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Learning the art of science communication in the NDI Policy Brief Training workshop

The Northern Dimension Institute hosted the third Policy Brief Training workshop on Sept. 1, 2021.
Pathways of microplastic’s negative impacts on marine biota
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NDI Briefing Note: The urgent need for standardized assessment of microplastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean

The researchers suggest that the development of standard protocols for microplastic pollution analysis should be approached as a co-creation effort among research laboratories and other institutions. Citizens could also be engaged in the sampling and hot-spot identification.
This would decrease the costs of fieldwork and educate citizens of Arctic communities on environmental issues and the responsible use of plastics.
Northern Dimension Newsflash 2/2021 is out
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Northern Dimension Newsflash 2/2021 is out

In this newsletter, you can read about the how the Northern Dimension Institute is currently mapping synergies in regional cooperation in the ND area, as well as about the interesting activities carried out in cooperation with the ND Partnerships in the fields of environment, transport and logistics, health and social well-being, and culture.
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CEMAT conducts high-level business research focusing on Russia in collaboration with scholars from Aalto University School of Business faculties. Current research topics include corruption, round-trip foreign direct investment and internationalization of higher education in Russia.

View CEMAT research output on ACRIS

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Northern Dimension Institute

The international university network Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) serves the information needs of the Northern Dimension (ND) policy – a common policy of four equal partners: the European Union (EU), the Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland.

CEMAT is the lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute, and its co-coordinators are the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and St Petersburg State University of Economics from Russia. The NDI receives its funding from the European Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Currently, the Institute is leading two projects: the NDI Think Tank and the Support to the NDI.

The Northern Dimension Institute produces and delivers research-based knowledge to the use of the ND thematic partnerships on the environment, transport and logistics, culture, and health and social wellbeing. The NDI publishes its own Policy Brief series and improves researchers' science communication skills by offering training in Policy Brief writing.

Latest NDI publications

NDI Policy Brief 17: Local Community Practices Support Healthy Ageing in the North

This Policy Brief presents findings of the NORRUS-AGE project. The research and networking project has collected a series of local-level healthy ageing practices. These practices are mirrored against the recently released WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 Action Plan with paying attention to indigenous elders.

Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 17

NDI BACKGROUND PAPER 3: Mapping Synergies in Regional Cooperation in the Northern Dimension Area

This background paper presents the results of mapping of regional synergies in the North, implemented by the NDI as part of its EC-funded Action Support to the Northern Dimension Institute (2020-2022). The mapping was implemented by looking at the agendas of other regional policies and initiatives in the Arctic, Barents and Baltic Sea regions through the lens of the priorities of the ND thematic partnerships and of ND actors.

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NDI Policy Brief 16: Decarbonizing road passenger transport in the ND area

This policy brief elaborates recommendations for road passenger transport decarbonization in the Northern Dimension (ND) area. How can people keep their freedom of movement but pollute less?

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NDI Policy Brief 15: Accident information is needed to prevent emergencies in the Arctic waters

Increasing economic activity in the Russian Arctic has resulted in the growth of vessel traffic related to trade, exploration and research, marine tourism, and natural resource extraction activities. This has heightened the risk of maritime accidents.

Arctic Shipping Photo by Alex Perz

NDI Policy Brief 14: Healthy ageing policy in Russia needs to consider gender, age, and territory

The Russian government has adopted various national policies and programs in the last decade in response to population ageing in the country. In this Policy Brief, the authors analyzed the targets and actions of two ongoing healthy ageing policies, and how their effectiveness could be improved.

Healthy ageing policy in Russia Photo credit Agency of the city news Moscow

Policy Brief: ND Environmental Partnership as a platform for nuclear cleanup of sunken objects in the Arctic Sea

The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership’s Nuclear Window (NDEP NW) is an established platform for eliminating nuclear hazards inherited from the Soviet nuclear fleet operations in the Arctic. The strength of the NDEP NW projects is their operating model, where the NDEP grants administered by the EBRD act as a catalyst for local and complementary national funding, including in-kind support from the beneficiaries.

Dismantling nuclear submarines photo by Ingar Amundsen
Finrusresearch website

Multisectoral working group for Finnish-Russian research

CEMAT supports the development of multisectoral and multidisciplinary expertise on Russia in Finland by co-chairing the Working Group for Social Sciences under the Finnish-Russian Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The Working Group is funded by the Academy of Finland and its members represent universities and research institutes, business associations and ministries. Its mission is to establish contacts between Finnish and Russian scholars and to disseminate information about the Russian economy and society in Finland. The Working Group organizes seminars and other events open to the public annually and maintains the Finrusresearch website.


Aalto University, School of Business
Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

Postal address: P.O. Box 21210, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland
Visiting address: Otaniementie 14, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland

Switchboard: +358 9 47001
Tel +358 40 353 8149
[email protected]
[email protected] (staff)


Riitta Kosonen, D.Sc. (Econ.) Prof., Director
[email protected], tel. +358 50 402 7079

Päivi Karhunen, D.Sc. (Econ.) Research Manager
[email protected], tel. +358 50 387 8159

Anneli Vartio, Project Coordinator, NDI
[email protected], tel. +358 40 353 8150

Vappu Tainio, Communications & Event Coordinator, NDI
[email protected], tel. +358 50 574 5017

Saara Kuikka, Project Assistant, NDI
[email protected], tel. +358 40 353 8149

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