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The Will to Drill - Mining in Arctic Communites

  • Brigt Dale
  • Ingrid Bay-Larsen
  • Berit Skorstad

Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Berit Skorstad, Brigt Dale
    Pages 1-11
  3. Arild Gjertsen, Vladimir Didyk, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, Galina Kharitonova, Ludmila Ivanova
    Pages 33-59
  4. Vladimir Didyk, Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Håkan Sandersen, Ludmila Ivanova, Ludmila Isaeva, Galina Kharitonova
    Pages 103-125
  5. Brigt Dale, Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Berit Skorstad
    Pages 213-228

About this book


This book focuses on the connections between mining activities, knowledge politics and the valuation of landscape in selected case sites in Russia, Greenland and Norway, whilst considering the interrelated aspects of industrialized, natural resource based development and environmental concerns in the Arctic. The case studies in these three different countries reveals that there are indeed multiple ‘Arctics’ – not least concerning the way extractive industries are received and perceived – and that national legislation, public awareness and economic alternatives are amongst the variables that influence to what extent environmental ramifications of mining are accepted.

Through analysis of political discourses, legal documents, grey literature, discussions in local and national media and empirical material from in-site fieldwork, the authors seek to understand how debates about mining reveal more general conflicts and concerns about how to define sustainability.

The book contributes to the overall debates on both extractive industries and development trends in the Arctic, and will as such be of interest for both established scholars and students – as well as policy makers and the public.

The compilation of cases and variety of analytical perspectives will further stimulate the ongoing debates concerning the impacts of extractive industries on communities – both in the Arctic and beyond.


arctic mining arctic political views landscape valuation mineral mining sacrifice zones socio-economic systems sustainable landscapes sustainable mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Brigt Dale
    • 1
  • Ingrid Bay-Larsen
    • 2
  • Berit Skorstad
    • 3
  1. 1.Nordland Research InstituteBodøNorway
  2. 2.Nordland Research InstituteBodøNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of Social ScienceNord UniversityBodøNorway

About the editors

Brigt Dale is a Senior Researcher at Nordland Research Institute in Bodo, Norway, in their Environment and Society research group. With background in visual and social anthropology and political science, a combination of ethnographic approaches, security theory and a critical constructivist approach has permeated his research.  Over the past decade he has been focussing mainly on the political, social, cultural and economic preconditions for and consequences of extractive industries’ activities in Arctic communities. His PhD work on petroleum development in the Arctic was financed through the International Polar Year initiative (2007-08), and in the following years he has been participating in several international research projects, focusing on petroleum as a challenge to Arctic societies, on mining activities in communities, and on sustainability challenges in the aquaculture and primary industries. Dale lives and works out of the Lofoten islands, Northern Norway.

Ingrid Bay-Larsen is a research director at Nordland Research Institute, heading the Environment and Society research group. The group provides scientific knowledge on sustainable development of northern communities, particularly how these communities can meet climatic and socioeconomic change. Their wide project portfolio has a specific focus on primary and extractive industries, and the transformation to low carbon societies in the north. Bay-Larsen’s research over the last fifteen years has investigated how values, ethics, knowledge systems and environmental risks are perceived and institutionalised in environmental governance. This also includes the interrelation between science and politics, and the role that different forms of knowledge have in ensuring efficient and legitimate environmental decisions. Bay-Larsen has been involved in EU-projects focusing on remediation of contaminated ecosystems, including areas in use for food production. How to define and resolve environmental problems across institutional and geographical scales have also been prevalent in her experience from US, Brazil, Russia and several other European countries.

Berit Skorstad is a professor in Sociology at Nord University in Bodo, Norway, and leads the Research group for environmental, Arctic and international studies at Faculty of social science. Skorstad also teaches in environmental sociology and sociological theory, and her research has focused on environmental politics and ethics, publishing broadly on these topics. She has participated in a number of international research project the last two decades both in environmental and ethical aspects of fisheries and coastal zone management in Europe as well as environmental and social aspect of mining. She is the project leader of ARCTICFRONT (The Arctic as a mining Frontier), which has been the primary source of financing for the work presented in this book.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Will to Drill - Mining in Arctic Communites
  • Editors Brigt Dale
    Ingrid Bay-Larsen
    Berit Skorstad
  • Series Title Springer Polar Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Polar Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62608-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87353-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62610-9
  • Series ISSN 2510-0475
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-0483
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sustainable Development
    Landscape Ecology
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