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June 2017

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Arctic Sustainability Research

Past, Present and Future
Andrey Petrov
Shauna BurnSilver
F. Stuart Chapin III
Gail Fondahl
Jessica Graybill
Kathrin Keil
Annika Nilsson
Rudolf Riedsperger
Peter Schweitzer

The Arctic is one of the world’s regions most affected by cultural, socio-economic, environmental and climatic changes. Over the last two decades, scholars, policymakers, extractive industries, governments, intergovernmental forums and non-governmental organizations have turned their attention to the Arctic, its peoples, resources, and to the challenges and benefits of impending transformations. Arctic sustainability is an issue of increasing concern as well as the resilience and adaptation of Arctic societies to changing conditions.

This book offers key insights into the history, current state of knowledge and the future of sustainability, and sustainable development research in the Arctic. Written by an international, interdisciplinary team of experts, it presents a comprehensive progress report on Arctic sustainability research. It identifies key knowledge gaps and provides salient recommendations for prioritizing research in the next decade.

"Arctic Sustainability Research" will appeal to researchers, academics and policymakers interested in sustainability science and the practices of sustainable development, as well as those working in polar studies, climate change, political geography and the history of science.


Shauna BurnSilver is an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. As an environmental anthropologist, she studies how global climate and economic changes are transforming relationships between modern pastoral and hunter/fisher communities and the natural resources they have depended on for centuries.