2015 Program and Abstracts


Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic:

Can, Should and Will Resource-Based Development Be Sustainable?


European University in St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

Arctic-FROST Abstracts – 2015

August 14th

5:00 pm           Ice Breaker Reception (Boat along the Neva river)

August 15th

8:00-8:30         Registration

8:30-9:15         Session 1.1 Opening and Introductions

Chair: Nikolay Vakhtin

Nikita Lomagin, Vice Rector for Governmental Relations

Andrey Petrov, Arctic-FROST PI

9:30-10:15       Townhall/Plenary Session 1.1: Arctic Sustainability Science: Past, Present and Future

Chair: Tatiana Vlasova

Andrey Petrov and Peter Schweitzer

“Arctic Sustainability Research: Past, Present and Future”


10:15-10:30    Coffee break

10:30-12:30     Keynote/Plenary Session 1.2: Resources and sustainable development in the Arctic: lessons and possibilities This session will feature four speakers who will set the tone for further presentation discussions: focus on current issues, achievements and questions related to the role of resources is sustainable development in the Arctic

Chair: Yuri Gladky, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Russia)

Alexander Pelyasov, Council for Productive Forces, Russia

Resources and sustainable development in the Arctic: lessons and possibilities

Chris Southcott, Lakehead University, Canada

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic Project: Initial Findings

Florian Stammler, University of Lapland, Finland

Confrontation, co-existence or co-ignorance? Determinants of relations between industry and local people


12:30-2:00      Lunch (Group lunch arranged from a nearby restaurant)

2:00-4:00         Illustrated paper session 1.3 Mineral resources and sustainable communities: impacts, contestations and complementarities   Q: What is the role (if any) of non-renewable resources in sustainable development of the Arctic?

(illustrated paper: each panelist gives a short (5 mins) presentation: context of the study(s)-results-main conclusion/discussion points [more of a summary/one or two main conclusions related to the theme of the meeting]; overall discussion moderated by the chair follows)

Chair/Discussion lead: Jessica Graybill, Colgate University, USA

Elena Kluchnikova,

Mining projects and local communities in the Russian Arctic: join development

Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, Nordregio, Sweden

Gerald Zojer, University of Lapland

Finland Arctic hydrocarbon resources: Curse or blessing for societal security in the Arctic?

Scott Stephenson, University of Connecticut, USA

Development potential of Yamal LNG

Mia Bennett, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The Last Frontier? Long-Term Perspectives on Arctic Natural Resource Extraction

Victoria Hermann, University of Cambridge, UK

Frozen Assets: Moving Arctic Investment from Resource Extraction to Human Development


4:00-4:15 Coffee break

4:15-5:30         Illustrated paper session 1.4: Resources and Indigenous communities

Q; Resources and indigenous communities: is there a way to achieve sustainability?

Chair/Discussion lead: Florian Stammler

Peter Schweitzer, University of Vienna

Lessons from the Never-Ending ANWR Debate

Chris Southcott, Lakehead University

Using non-renewable resources to enhance renewable resource development in Indigenous communities

Anna Varfolomeeva, Central European University, Hungary

Past Experiences Forming Present Interactions: Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industry Development in the North-West of Russia.

Alexey Pristupa, Wageningen, University. Netherlands.

Information as legitimacy broker in zoning efforts in the Numto nature park in the Russian Arctic: Planning for sustainability versus vested interests

Andrew Hodgkins, University of Calgary, Canada

Examining Sustainable Communities through Vocational Education and Training Partnership Programs in the Canadian North

Vera Kuklina, Sochava Institute/George Washington University, USA

Resource extraction and infrastructural networks in the North of Irkutskaia oblast


6:00 Dinner (Arranged as a group meal at a nearby restaurant)


Petrov, Heleniak, Graybill, Schweitzer, Southcott, Rasmussen, Vlasova, Crawford

August 16th

8:30-10:30       Illustrated paper session 2.1: Resources, cities and sustainable development

Q; Can resource-based cities and towns be drivers of sustainable development?

Chair/Discussion lead: Gertrude Saxinger, University of Vienna

Gertrude Saxinger, University of Vienna, Austria

We also want to mine 100 years – let´s safe the deposits!” local Ideas about Sustainability

Nadezhda Zamyatina, Moscow State University, Russia

Current Migration Trajectories of Young Talents to Russian Arctic cities: the Role of Universities 

Yulia Zaika, Moscow State University, Russia

Socio-economic and environmental challenges and problems of single-industry cities of Murmansk region, Russia

Tuomas Suutarinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Resource-based development and the socio-economic sustainability of resource communities of the Murmansk region

Julia Loginova, University of Melbourne, Australia

Institutional Factors of Community Resilience to Natural Resource Development in the Timan-Pechora Province

Elena Kuznetsova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Aggregate sustainability in Arctic and Sub-Arctic: challenges and possibilities

Sigrid Schiesser, University of Vienna, Austria

The development of railroad infrastructure in the Russian North (Sakha Republic): ecology, symbolics and sociality


10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11-12:30          Illustrated paper session 2.2: Renewable resources and sustainability in the Arctic  

Q: Can renewable and traditionally-used resources and  be deployed in order to achieve sustainable development?

Chair/Discussion lead: Diane Hirshberg, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA

Nathaniel Trumbull, University of Connecticut, USA

Marine Protected Areas and the Russian North

Catherine Chambers, Blönduós Academic Center, Iceland / University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

The Icelandic lumpfish fishery as a case study to illustrate the multiple goals of sustainable fisheries management

Egor Ivanov, Sochava Institute of Geography, Russia

Sociocultural potential of glacier landscapes of Near-Baikal mountains

Emily Francis, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Wild reindeer dynamics and sustainability of social-ecological systems in Taimyr

Eidemiller, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Russia)

The interests of environmental safety in the development of the Arctic resources as an imperative


12:30-2:00       Lunch (Group meal planned by nearby restaurant)

2:00-2:45         Illustrated paper session 2.3: Sustainable development and Arctic governance

Q; What are the governance mechanisms for sustainable development in the Arctic?

Chair/Discussion lead: Natalia Loukacheva, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Illustrated paper Panelists

Natalia Loukacheva, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Arctic Energy Resources and ‘Legal’ Sustainability

Klaus Georg Hansen, Greenland.

Large scale industrial projects and political sustainability in Greenland

Nengye Liu, University of Dundee, UK.

The European Union and Sustainable Management of Fisheries in the Arctic

Genevieve Parente, University of British Columbia, Canada

Sustainable Governance in Alaska

Alla Fedorova, Galina Gnatiuk and Viktoria Filippova, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk, Russia

Problems of Legal Regulation of Traditional Land Use (Case of Bellet Evenk National Nasleg, Sakha (Yakutia)


3:00-5:00         Discussion groups/round table

Chair: Timothy Heleniak, Nordregio, Sweden

5:00-5:15        Coffee break

5:15-6:00         Session 2.4: Synthesis session  

Chair: Andrey Petrov & Jessica Graybill

Participants: day’s presenters, ECS, other Arctic-FROST members

6:30       Dinner (Group meal planned at a nearby restaurant)


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