1st Edition

Arctic Oil and Gas
Sustainability at Risk?

ISBN 9780415619820
Published November 10, 2011 by Routledge
394 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This book analyzes the expanding oil and gas activities in the Arctic from the perspective of Sustainable Development (SD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The focus is on the territories of the Arctic rim where the current and future oil and gas activities in the Arctic are and will be located. The book raises a number of questions including how sustainable development has been framed in the Arctic and the interaction between indigenous peoples, governments and oil and gas companies.

The book is divided into three parts.  In the first part of the book, oil and gas are approached through the concepts of sustainable development (SD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) together with the challenge of climate change.  The second part consists of case studies from Alaska, Canada, Norway and Russia where the discourses on oil and gas in the Arctic are explored and the final part of the book draws together the material from the country studies in a comparative manner.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. Framing Oil and Gas in the Arctic from a Sustainable Development Perspective, 3. Climate Change and Consequences for the Arctic, 4. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): The economic and institutional responsibility of business, 5. Framework and Methodology: Regulation and discourse analysis as a research strategy, 6. Legal and Institutional Framework: A comparitive analysis, 7. Expanding Oil and Gas Activities on the North Slope of Alaska, 8. Oil and Gas Activities at the Mackenzie Delta, in Canada's North-West Territories, 9. Going North: The new petroleum province of Norway, 10. The Russian Model: Merging profit and sustainability, 11. Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic; What implications for the Oil and Gas Industry?, 12. Perceptions of Arctic Challenges: Alaska, Canada, Norway and Russia compared,13. Managerial Implications 

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Aslaug Mikkelsen is Rector of the University of Stavanger in Norway.

Oluf Langhelle is Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger in Norway.