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Studies in the Circumpolar North
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Urban Sustainability in the Arctic
Measuring Progress in Circumpolar Cities
Edited by Robert W. Orttung
310 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-735-4 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (June 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-736-1 eBook
“This book tackles an understudied and pressing topic – how Arctic cities are tackling challenges relating to sustainable development … The case study chapters all bring original insight and explore different indicators of sustainable development and provide fascinating, in-depth insights into urban life in the Arctic.” • Elana Wilson Rowe, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
“I think that [the book] will be an excellent contribution to the study of urban sustainability in the Arctic which is increasingly becoming an important topic, both in the region and globally. I think that the book does an excellent job of placing the issue of Arctic urban sustainability into a wider context.” • Timothy Heleniak, Nordregio
Urban Sustainability in the Arctic advances our understanding of cities in the far north by applying elements of the international standard for urban sustainability (ISO 37120) to numerous Arctic cities. In delivering rich material about northern cities in Alaska, Canada, and Russia, the book examines how well the ISO 37120 measures sustainability and how well it applies in northern conditions. In doing so, it links the Arctic cities into a broader conversation about urban sustainability more generally.
Robert W. Orttung is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and Director of Research for Sustainable GW. He is the editor of Sustaining Russia's Arctic Cities (Berghahn, 2016).