This book presents stories of sustainability from communities in circumpolar regions as they grapple with environmental, economic and societal changes and challenges.

Polar regions are changing rapidly. These changes will dramatically effect ecosystems, economy, people, communities and their interdependencies. Given this, the stories being told about lives and livelihood development are changing also. This book is the first of its kind to curate stories about opportunity and responsibility, tensions and contradictions, un/ethical action, resilience, adaptability and sustainability, all within the shifting geopolitics of the north. The book looks at change and sustainability through multidisciplinary and empirically based work, drawing on case studies from Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, Finland and Northwest Russia, with a notable focus on indigenous peoples. Chapters touch on topics as wide ranging as reindeer herding, mental health, climate change, land-use conflicts and sustainable business. The volume asks whose voices are being heard, who benefits, how particular changes affect people’s sense of community and longstanding and cherished values plus livelihood practices and what are the environmental, economic and social impacts of contemporary and future oriented changes with regard to issues of sustainability?

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainability studies, sustainable development, environmental sociology, indigenous studies and environmental anthropology.

chapter |15 pages


Being in-between stories

chapter 1|25 pages

Concerned Arctic peoples

Characteristics of conversations-that-matter

chapter 2|16 pages

Disappearing flexibility

The story of Gielas reindeer herding district

chapter 4|16 pages

Mental health research in an Arctic Indigenous context

The presence of silent dominant narratives

chapter 5|23 pages

Stories of empowerment, resilience and healing

A participatory research project with two Indigenous communities in Québec

chapter 6|15 pages

Learning through lived experiences

A structural narrative analysis of one person's journey of recovery and implications for peer support services

chapter 7|17 pages

The decline and changes in the tundra today

The nature of state systems and services as a critical factor in the condition of minority indigenous peoples in Russia

chapter 9|21 pages

Green colonialism

The story of wind power in Sápmi

chapter 10|15 pages

Transforming Arctic municipalities

The winding road to low-emission communities

chapter 11|25 pages

The quest for fresh vegetables

Stories about the future of Arctic farming

chapter 12|14 pages

Greening discourses of the Nordic Arctic region

The region as vulnerable, late bloomer or the arena of possibilities?

chapter |3 pages


What can we create together?