Finnish-Russian sustainable mining research seminar

The aim of the seminar was to discuss the various approaches to sustainable mining governance in Finland and Russia and to analyze how different policies and tools, such as environmental impact assessment, corporate social responsibility, are utilized in both these countries. Seminar brang together researchers that also engage with questions related to social license to operate, as well as issues of social acceptance and socio-economic impacts of mining and in general social-scientific research on mining.

Venue: University of Eastern Finland, Metria-house, M101, Joensuu, Yliopistokatu 7



9th Feb, Tuesday


12:00 Opening of the research seminar
Dean Harri Siiskonen

Aim of the seminar and participants

Session I: Challenges for socially and environmentally responsible mining

12:30 Rauno Sairinen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland: Mining development and social licence to operate in Finland 

13:00 Vladimir Masloboev, director of Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems in the North (INEP) of the Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences.​ Environmental Sustainability of mining industry in the Arctic: new approaches.

13:30  Larissa Riabova, Head of Department of Social Politics in the North at Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of the Kola Science Centre (Russian Academy of Sciences). Social license to operate for the mining companies: two cases in the Murmansk region .

14:00 Coffee break

Session II: Mining policy, legislation & EIA

14:30 Juha Kotilainen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland: European Union minerals policy in the making: A sustainability perspective.

15:00 Grigori Malyshkov, Associate Professor​ of St.Petersburg Mining University: Reformation of environmental legislation in Russian Federation. The economic aspect

15:30 Ismo Pölönen, Senior lecturer, University of Eastern Finland: Responsible mining and mining legislation in Finland

Short break

16:10  Presentation of local mine case / to be confirmed
16:40 Hannu Luotonen, Senior researcher, North Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment: Authority guidance possibilities for extractive industries:An example of the Environment Impact process of gold mining in Ilomantsi, North Karelia.

17:10 – 17:40 Mikhail Shabalov, Assistant Professor at St. Petersburg Mining University: Social license to operate: case of silver mining companies in Okhotsk region


 10th Feb, Wednesday

Session IV: Mining, CSR and community relations

9:00 Tuija Mononen, University researcher, University of Eastern Finland: Mining and local communities

9:20 Jukka Sihvonen, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland:  Challenges and solutions for local mining governance in Finland & Australia

9:40 Elena Klyuchnikova, Researcher at Institute of Industrial Ecological Problems in the North of the Kola Science Center: Transformation of corporate social responsibility policy of mining companies in Murmansk region.

10:00 Adrian Braun, Doctoral student, University of Eastern Finland: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Finnish Lapland – "The Kevitsa mining case"

10:20 Evgeni Agafontsev, St.Petersburg Mining University: Evaluation of mining companies social impacts in terms of budgetary efficiency

Environmental and social challenges for mining

12:00 Tommi Kauppila, Chief scientist, GTK Kuopio: Nothing lasts forever – planning for successful mine closure

12:30´Tapio Litmanen, Doctoral student, University of Jyväskylä: Citizen's attitudes about mining in Finland

12:50 Heidi Tiainen, Doctoral student, University of Eastern Finland: Developing institutional frames for sustainable mining in Greenland

13:10 - 14:00 Discussions & Closing of the seminar


Organizers: Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY) and Academy of Finland project "Social license to operate: a real tool or rhetoric? Examining the mining industry in Finland, Australia, and Canada"