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Urban Sustainability in the Arctic: Measuring Progress in Circumpolar Cities

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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

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“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).

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Applied Anthropology Urban Studies
Area: Circumpolar


List of Illustrations

Part I: Urban Sustainability in the Arctic

Introduction: Measuring Urban Sustainability in Arctic Conditions
Robert W. Orttung and Luis Suter

Chapter 1. Arctic Cities
Carrie Schaffner

Part II: Testing Indicators of Arctic Urban Sustainability

Chapter 2. Shrinking Cities, Growing Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Vorkuta and Salekhard
Nadezhda Zamyatina, Luis Suter, Dmitry Streletskiy, and Nikolay Shiklomanov

Chapter 3. Norilsk: Measuring Sustainability in Population Size and Well-Being
Marlene Laruelle

Chapter 4. Yakutsk: Culture for Sustainability
Vera Kuklina with Natalia Shishigina

Chapter 5. Assessing Energy Security in Nome and Lavrentiya: How Breaking Down Energy and Governance Silos Makes a Difference
Katherine Weingartner, Evgeny Antonov, and Alexey Maslakov

Part III: Extending the International Standard for Measuring Urban Sustainability

Chapter 6. Fate Control and Sustainability in Arctic Cities: Recasting Fate Control Indicators for Arctic Urban Communities
Andrey N. Petrov

Chapter 7. What Do ISO Indicators Tell Us about Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Cities of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia?
Stephanie Hitztaler and Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

Chapter 8. Planning for Sustainability: The Russian Case
Alexander Sergunin

Chapter 9.Transport Connectivity and Adapting to Climate Change in the Russian Arctic: The Case of Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
Aleksandra Durova

Chapter 10. Sustaining Sustainability in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
James Powell

Conclusion: Next Steps for Measuring Arctic Urban Sustainability
Robert W. Orttung


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