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Arctic Marine Resource Governance and Development

  • Niels Vestergaard
  • Brooks A. Kaiser
  • Linda Fernandez
  • Joan Nymand Larsen
  • Offers a unique insight into the ecosystem changes underway in the Arctic region

  • Puts forward where the governance gaps are in Arctic marine resource management

  • Features potential port development in the Arctic


Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Governance

  3. Fishery

  4. Technology and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Brooks A. Kaiser, Alexej Parchomenko
      Pages 89-114
    3. Henrik Holbech, Knud Ladegaard Pedersen
      Pages 115-137
    4. Julia Pahl, Brooks A. Kaiser
      Pages 139-184
    5. Brooks A. Kaiser, Julia Pahl, Chris Horbel
      Pages 185-217
  5. Brooks A. Kaiser, Melina Kourantidou, Niels Vestergaard, Linda Fernandez, Joan Nymand Larsen
    Pages 219-227
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-235

About this book


This book is based on presentations from the Conference ‘Arctic Marine Resource Governance’ held in Reykjavik Iceland in October 2015. The book is divided into four main themes: 1. Global management and institutions for Arctic marine resources 2. Resource stewards and users: local and indigenous co-management 3. Governance gaps in Arctic marine resource management and 4. Multi-scale, ecosystem-based, Arctic marine resource management’.

The ecosystem changes underway in the Arctic region are expected to have significant impacts on living resources in both the short and long run, and current actions and policies adopted over such resource governance will have serious and ultimately irreversible consequences in the near and long terms.


Transboundary governance in the Arctic Arctic marine governance Climate change and indigenous communities Fisheries regulations Ballast water and invasive species in the Arctic

Editors and affiliations

  • Niels Vestergaard
    • 1
  • Brooks A. Kaiser
    • 2
  • Linda Fernandez
    • 3
  • Joan Nymand Larsen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business EconomicsUniversity of Southern DenmarkEsbjergDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business EconomicsUniversity of Southern DenmarkEsbjergDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Economics Center for Environmental StudiesVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  4. 4.Stefansson Arctic Institute, University of AkureyriAkureyriIceland

About the editors

Linda Fernandez:

Linda Fernandez is associate professor of environmental and resource economics at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Economics and Center for Environmental Studies. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores public and private economic incentives for pollution control and natural resource protection at local through international scales. Transboundary environmental management has been a steady research topic at different scales of analysis of multi environmental media (air

, land, water). Her research findings have been used to inform policymakers at state, national and international levels of governance. International maritime trade and marine resource management between countries is a current research area set in the Arctic with grant funding from the Belmont Forum/National Science Foundation. She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Haynes Foundation and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Joan Nymand Larsen:

Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen is professor of economics and Arctic studies at University of Akureyri, and research director and senior scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland. Her current research is focused on the issues and challenges of economic development and living conditions in the Arctic; socio-economic impacts of global change; and the development of systems for monitoring human well-being. She is co-editor of the Arctic Human Development Report (2015); Arctic Social Indicators (2015); The New Arctic (2015); editor of The Polar Journal´s special issue on Polar Economics (2016); and coordinating lead author of the IPCC 5th assessment report´s Polar Regions chapter (2014).

Brooks Kaiser:

Dr. Brooks Kaiser is an environmental and resource economist and economic historian. She holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University and is a Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics. She is Unit Lead on Fisheries for Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI). She uses economic tools with interdisciplinary connections to ecology and history to generate insights into policies governing resource use and sustainable development, with a particular focus on invasive species. In conjunction with the other editors, she is currently investigating the impacts of the Red King and Snow Crab introductions in the Barents Sea and has run several workshops bringing together researchers across disciplines relevant to the Arctic with stakeholders, resource managers, and policy makers. She regularly contributes to international economics, natural science, and Arctic conferences and meetings as speaker and/or organizer, and publishes in both economics and interdisciplinary venues.

Niels Vestergaard:

Niels Vestergaard has been a Professor of Resource Economics at University of Southern Denmark since 2005, and is leading the Centre of Fisheries & Aquaculture Management & Economics there. His research focuses on the economics of renewable resources, and he is especially interested in the dynamics of fisheries and marine ecosystems. He has published about 50

peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and scientific reports. Recently, Niels and several colleagues formed a Nordic-based network of researchers interested in Arctic marine resource governance under climate change. In 2015, he was awarded the Fulbright Arctic Initiative grant, and he is currently engaged in examining 1) how the development of new technology and operations in resource-based industries interact, 2) the governance of Arctic marine resources and how to manage these resources under climate change. Before entering academia, he worked in the Greenland Home Rule Administration from 1987-1990. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1998.

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“Throughout the collection, cited research is well explained and documented. … generally the writing and presentation are accessible across disciplines. … The audience for Governance should include scholars and policymakers who wish to expand their appreciation of the wide ranging and complex elements of sustainably managing this great region. It should also include the advanced Student of the Arctic.” (Joseph F. C. DLMento, The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 10, 2018)