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Arctic Oil and Gas

Sustainability at Risk?, 1st Edition

Edited by Aslaug Mikkelsen, Oluf Langhelle


394 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy