Over the past thirty years we have witnessed a demand for resources such as minerals, oil, and gas, which is only set to increase. This book examines the relationship between Arctic communities and extractive resource development.

With insights from leading thinkers in the field, the book examines this relationship to better understand what, if anything, can be done in order for the development of non-renewable resources to be of benefit to the long-term sustainability of these communities. The contributions synthesize circumpolar research on the topic of resource extraction in the Arctic, and highlight areas that need further investigation, such as the ability of northern communities to properly use current regulatory processes, fiscal arrangements, and benefit agreements to ensure the long-term sustainability of their culture communities and to avoid a new path dependency

This book provides an insightful summary of issues surrounding resource extraction in the Arctic, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in environmental impact assessments, globalization and Indigenous communities, and the future of the Arctic region.

chapter 2|19 pages

The history and historiography of natural resource development in the Arctic

The state of the literature

chapter 4|23 pages

Northern environmental assessment

A gap analysis and research agenda

chapter 5|19 pages

From narrative to evidence

Socio-economic impacts of mining in Northern Canada

chapter 6|25 pages

Measuring impacts

A review of frameworks, methodologies, and indicators for assessing socio-economic impacts of resource activity in the Arctic

chapter 9|12 pages

Regional development in the circumpolar north

What else do we need to know?

chapter 11|15 pages

Impact and benefit agreements and northern resource governance

What we know and what we still need to figure out

chapter 15|19 pages

Resource development and climate change

A gap analysis