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Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change

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Volume 2

Studies in the Circumpolar North

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Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities

Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change

Edited by Robert Orttung

274 pages, 30 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-315-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (November 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-842-7 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (March 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-316-3 eBook

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“The contributions to the edited collection… overall provide an effective introduction to some of the key issues facing Russia’s Arctic urban regions over the short- to medium-term. They also provide a useful framework for further work focusing on the area. Orttung’s afterword makes it clear that the region’s future remains uncertain and thus presents an ongoing concern for Russia as well as the global community.” • Slavic Review

“Russia's Arctic Cities are definitely understudied, as are Arctic urban studies in general. Therefore the focus of this volume is timely and well chosen.” • Florian Stammer, University of Lapland


Urban areas in Arctic Russia are experiencing unprecedented social and ecological change. This collection outlines the key challenges that city managers will face in navigating this shifting political, economic, social, and environmental terrain. In particular, the volume examines how energy production drives a boom-bust cycle in the Arctic economy, explores how migrants from Muslim cultures are reshaping the social fabric of northern cities, and provides a detailed analysis of climate change and its impact on urban and industrial infrastructure.

Robert W. Orttung is Research Director at the George Washington University Sustainability Collaborative and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs. He is the author or editor of numerous books about Russian politics and energy policy.

Subject: Urban Studies Political and Economic Anthropology Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe Asia-Pacific Circumpolar


List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables

Robert W. Orttung


Chapter 1. Russia’s Arctic Cities: Recent Evolution and Drivers of Change
Colin Reisser


Chapter 2. The Arctic in Moscow
Elana Wilson Rowe

Chapter 3. The Anna Karenina Principle: How to Diversify Monocities
Nadezhda Yu. Zamyatina and Alexander N. Pelyasov


Chapter 4. Boom and Bust: Population Change in Russia’s Arctic Cities
Timothy Heleniak

Chapter 5. Assessing Social Sustainability: Immigration to Russia’s Arctic Cities
Marlene Laruelle

Chapter 6. The Russian North Connected: The Role of Long-Distance Commute Work for Regional Integration
Gertrude Saxinger, Elena Nuykina, and Elisabeth Öfner


Chapter 7. Cities of the Russian North in the Context of Climate Change
Oleg Anisimov and Vasily Kokorev

Chapter 8. Access to Arctic Urban Areas in Flux: Opportunities and Uncertainties in Transport and Development
Scott R. Stephenson

Chapter 9. All Fall Down? Arctic Cities through the Prism of Permafrost
Dmitry Streletskiy and Nikolay Shiklomanov

Chapter 10. Urban Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Russian Arctic
Jessica K. Graybill

Chapter 11. Conclusion: Drivers of Change
Robert W. Orttung

Notes on Contributors

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