Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Arctic Urban Sustainability Conference

May 30-31, 2013

Click on each speaker's name in the conference program below to download the 2,000 word paper they will present.

Thursday May 30, 2013

9:00-9:15: Conference Introduction: Arctic Urban Sustainability

9:15-10:45: Panel 1 Climate Change

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW

Papers: Oleg Anisimov, State Hydrological Institute of Russia - Russian Arctic Cities in the Context of Climate Change

Dmitry Streletskiy, GW - Sustainability of Urban Infrastructure under Changing Climatic Conditions

Lev Neretin, United Nations Environmental Program - Environmental Security in the Russian Arctic: Drivers, Pressures and Responses

Lee Cooper, University of Maryland - Marine Environment Impacts on Urban Sustainability

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Migration and Social Sustainability

Chair: Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute

Papers: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society - Ghost Towns and Boom Towns: Migration and Its Impact on Arctic Communities

Marlene Laruelle, GW - The Role of Central Asian Migrants in the Russian North

Nadezhda Zamiatina, Moscow State University - New Approaches to Northern Migrations

Genevieve Parente, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia - Migration in the Arctic Regions

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities I

Chair: Dmitry Streletskiy, GW

Papers: Alexander Pilyasov, Center for Economics of the North and the Arctic Council for the Study of Resources - Russia's Policies for Arctic Cities: Problems and Prospects

Jessica Graybill, Colgate University - Policy-Making for Addressing Climate Change at the City Level

Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute - Sustainable Development in Arctic Cities

Tuomas Suutarinen, Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki - Challenges of Economic Diversification in Resource-based Single-Industry Towns in the Russian North

Matthew Jull, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Architecture & Urbanism of Arctic Cities

Leena Cho, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Urbanized Arctic Landscapes

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 Corporate and Political Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, GW

Papers: Colin Reisser, Graduate Student, GW, Drivers Shaping Russia's Arctic Cities

Robert Orttung, GW - The Arctic's Place in Center-Periphery Coordination and Conflict: Integrating Local, Regional, Federal, and Corporate Interests

Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland - The Current State of Yamal Gas Development

Nadir Kinossian, University of Tromso, Mega-Projects as a solution to the Challenges Facing Russia's Arctic Cities

Friday, May 31, 2013

9:00-10:45: Panel 1 Urban Sustainability in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW
Papers: Hilda Blanco, USC - The Impact of Climate Change on Cities

Brent D Ryan, MIT - Dealing with Declining Cities: Experience from the U.S.

Christopher Boone, ASU/Georgetown - Boom/Bust Economics, Climate Change, and Migration Flows in the American Desert

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Mobility

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Scott Stephenson, Doctoral Candidate, UCLA - Access in Flux: Opportunities and Uncertainties in Arctic Transport and Development

Lawson Brigham, University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Implications of Expanded Northern Sea Route Use on Coastal Ports & Marine Infrastructure

Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger and Elisabeth Ofner, Doctoral Candidates, University of Vienna - The Role of Long-Distance Commute Work in the Russian North

Matt Berman, University of Alaska, Anchorage - Remoteness and Mobility: Transportation Routes, Technologies, and Sustainability in Arctic Communities

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities II

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Vladimir Didyk and Larisa Riabova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies - Strategic Planning and Management in the Cities of the Russian North and the Arctic

Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa - Creative Arctic Cities

Vera Kuklina, V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography - Indigenous Peoples: An Urban Resource for Sustainable Development?
(also in Russian)

Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Georgetown University - Indigenous Cosmopolitans, Ecological Defense, and Cultural Activism in Russia's Arctic

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 International Perspectives

Chair: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society

Papers: Aleksandr Sergunin, St. Petersburg State University - International Cooperation as a Means for Russia's Arctic Urban Sustainability Strategy

Pal Arne Davidsen, Foreign Affairs Adviser for the Progress Party in the Norwegian Parliament and Visiting Scholar at GW's IERES - Making Policy for the North: Norwegian Perspectives

Greg Poelzer, Professor, University of Saskatchewan - Capacity Building and Sustainable Development: Comparative Lessons and the Russian North

Meredydd Evans, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Black Carbon Emissions in the Russian Arctic: A Case Study in the Importance of International Cooperation


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