Centre for Russian and Ukrainian Studies

DATEDecember 31, 2022

Research Interests

Proposed areas of research for international collaboration:Country-specific economic and technological strategies and developments in Russia and Ukraine, marine economic engineering, economic development of cold areas, regional and industrial development management, global food security and cooperation in the agricultural sector, trade and industrial parks


1. Gao, T., Erokhin, V., Zhu, D., & Zhu, G. (2022). Can Russian Arctic Regions Benefit from Collaborating with Northeastern China? Current Challenges to the Low-Carbon Agenda. In L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot, & J. Barnes (Eds.), Arctic Yearbook 2022: The Russian Arctic: Economics, Politics and Peoples (pp. 249-276). Akureyri: Arctic Portal.

2. Erokhin, V., Gao, T., & Andrei, J.V. (Eds.). (2021). Shifting Patterns of Agricultural Trade: The Protectionism Outbreak and Food Security. Singapore: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-981-16-3260-0.

3. Gao, T., & Erokhin, V. (2021). How Russia’s New Vision of Territorial Development in the Arctic Can Boost China-Russia Economic Collaboration. In L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot, & J. Barnes (Eds.), Defining and Mapping the Arctic: Sovereignties, Policies, and Perceptions. Arctic Yearbook 2021 (pp. 249-278). Akureyri: Arctic Portal.

4. Erokhin, V., Gao, T. Impacts of COVID-19 on Trade and Economic Aspects of Food Security: Evidence from 45 Developing Countries. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5775; ijerph17165775.

5. Gao, T., Erokhin, V., Zaikov, K., Andrei, J.V., & Subic, J.Blue Economy and Resilient Development: Natural Resources, Shipping, People, and Environment.MDPI. (2021). Collection of articles from the Special Issue. 978-3-0365-2544-0.

6. Gao, T.,Erokhin, V., Arskiy, A., Khudzhatov, M.Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Maritime Connectivity? An Estimation for China and the Polar Silk Road Countries. Sustainability. 13(6), 3521.

7. Gao, T., Erokhin, V. China-Russia Research and Education Collaboration in the Arctic: Opportunities, Challenges, and Gaps. The Polar Journal. 11(1), 188-207.

8. Erokhin, V. Diao, L., Gao, T, Andrei, J.-V., Ivolga, A., Zong, Y. The Supply of Calories, Proteins, and Fats in Low-Income Countries: A Four-Decade Retrospective Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(14), 7356.

9. Gao, T., & Erokhin, V. Handbook of Research on International Collaboration, Economicent, and Sustainability in the Arctic. IGI Global. ISBN13: 9781522569541.

10. Gao, T., & Erokhin, V. (2020). Widening the Scope of Responses to Environmental Concerns in the High North: Arctic Countries’ Policies and the Role of China. In L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot, & J. Barnes (Eds.), Climate Change and the Arctic: Global Origins, Regional Responsibilities? Arctic Yearbook 2020 (pp. 357-397). Akureyri: Arctic Portal.

11. Gao,T., & Erokhin, V. (2019). China-Russia Collaboration in Shipping and Marine Engineering as One of the Key Factors of Secure Navigation along the NSR. In L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot, & J. Barnes (Eds.), Redefining Arctic Security: Arctic Yearbook 2019 (pp. 421-441). Akureyri: Arctic Portal.

12. Erokhin, V., Gao, T., & Zhang, X. (2018). Arctic Blue Economic Corridor: China’s Role in the Development of a New Connectivity Paradigm in the North. In L. Heininen & H. Exner-Pirot (Eds.), Arctic Yearbook 2018 (pp. 456-474). Akureyri: Northern Research Forum.

13. Gao, T., & Erokhin, V. China-Russia Collaboration in Arctic Shipping and Maritime Engineering. The Polar Journal. 10.

14. Erokhin, V., Gao, T. Structural Variations in the Composition of Land Funds at Regional Scales across Russia. Land. 9(6), 201.

15. Gao, T., & Erokhin, V. Capturing a Complexity of Nutritional, Environmental, and Economic Impacts on Selected Health Parameters in the Russian High North. Sustainability. 12(5), 2151.


1. Team member Erokhin Vasilii is the recipient of the Publons Peer Review Awards 2018 and 2019 and the recognized world’s top 1% of peer reviewers in cross-field studies.

2. Reports by the Center's experts have been adopted by the Heilongjiang Provincial Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies and other government bodies, as well as they have been approved by the heads of executive bodies at provincial and ministerial levels.


Tianming Gao