Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

1.4.11 Risks and Chances of Cultural Diversity as a Resource of Social Stability

Anna Sokolova
Project Leader

Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

The realization of human potential can be conditioned by nature and technology, and an important question in this perspective is to what extent the conditions of existence in certain specific circumstances (for example, in a single–resource settlement) can affect – both develop and limit – human capital.

The research project Risks and Chances of Cultural Diversity as a Resource of Social Stability focuses on various aspects of the development of single-resource working settlements in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. It suggests considering the problem of human capital in the prism of infrastructural development of settlements, as well as the creation and reproduction of new technologies, new forms of consumption and production that arise as a response to natural changes and technological development

Project Aim

Studying the correlation of technological and natural factors in the development of mono-industrial settlements of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods

Project Objectives:

1. Studying the history of the formation and construction of logging settlements of the Republic of Karelia

2. Identifying the main trends in the development of industrial logging, which influenced the daily life of residents of villages

3. Identifying the main practices of grassroots environmental management, which were formed in different periods of the existence of forest settlements

4. Identifying the main factors of sustainable development of settlements

Key Findings


The most proven and in-demand approaches to studying the problems of sustainable development of resource regions have been studied. The main emphasis has been placed on the new institutional theory and environmental history


The question of the sustainable development of Karelian forest settlements has been in the perspective of the theory of multiple modernities, infrastructure theory and the anthropology of time. The everyday life of forest settlements has been problematized in the paradigm of the city-village opposition