Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

Center for Markets in Transition CEMAT

The CEMAT research center has shut down on 1 January 2023.

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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Russia - not so difficult, not so different?

Seminar “Career opportunities with Russia” was held on December 9th at Aalto University’s Dipoli in Otaniemi, Espoo, as an on-line event.
Northern Dimension Future Forum expert panel
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Towards the next generation of social innovations – Northern Dimension Future Forum 2021

The annual Northern Dimension Future Forum took place at Aalto University, Finland, and online on December 1, 2021. In the Future Forum, experts and stakeholders discussed the sustainability of social innovations and policy measures induced by the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of Northern Dimension thematic partnerships. From the Aalto University, Professor Riitta Kosonen, Director of CEMAT and Lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute, Professor Otto Toivanen, Aalto School of Economics, and Milja Leinonen, Chair of the Board, Aalto University Student Union, participated in the event.
Northern Dimension Newsflash 3/2021 is out
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Northern Dimension Newsflash 3/2021 is out

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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 Briefing Note: Making climate change visible: Evidence from the Russian Arctic

The latest Northern Dimension Institute Briefing Note presents practical evidence on the impact of climate change on the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The large-scale consequences of global warming are manifested in dangerous climatic phenomena and irreversible natural processes, which is confirmed by statistical data, as well as in the occurrence of many incidents, accidents and catastrophes

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NDI Policy Brief 19: Human biomonitoring is needed to improve well-being and mental health of Arctic people

This policy brief focuses on the importance and necessity of human biomonitoring in the Arctic. An individualized monitoring system is needed to assess the risks of public health disorders (including mental health) which result from the deficiencies of essential trace elements and vitamin D. These deficiencies are caused mainly by the unbalanced local diets combined with the lack of sunlight in the North, and they affect not only a person’s physiological health but also his or her mental state and social well-being.

Photo of two women and reindeers in Nenets Region of Russian Arctic

NDI Policy Brief 18: Culture must be recognized as a driver of sustainable development

This Policy Brief highlights the potential of culture to create stability and to support sustainability and argues for a new policy which recognizes the importance of culture in the building of the sustainable society of the future.

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NDI Background Paper 5: Accounting for disruptive developments in strategic planning of shipping in the Arctic

This NDI background paper calls for accounting disruptive developments in strategic planning of shipping in the Arctic

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NDI Background Paper 4: Towards a More Sustainable Arctic

In July 2020, the European External Action Service of the European Commission launched a public consultation on the way forward for the European Union’s Arctic policy. As part of its work within the Northern Dimension Institute's Think Tank Action, IIASA responded to the call addressing specific questions of this public consultation. This paper presents the submitted material and provides further reflections on the discussed matters from the Northern Dimension perspective.

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NDI Briefing Note: Decarbonizing road freight and vocational transport in the ND area

This Northern Dimension Institute Briefing Note addresses drivers, obstacles and measures for decarbonization of road freight transport that is a timely issue both globally and in the Northern Dimension (ND) area. It also draws attention to the vocational machinery segment that has until now largely omitted as a source of CO2 emissions of transport.


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 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.

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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
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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.


The CEMAT research center has shut down on 1 January 2023.

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
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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

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