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Governing the Uncertain

Adaptation and Climate in Russia and Finland

  • Monica Tennberg


  • Details a novel approach to adaptation studies in climate change research

  • Includes welcome case studies from an under-researched region of the world

  • Appeals to those interested in wider regional issues in the Arctic as well as the indigenous peoples most affected by local environmental change

  • Discusses the relations between development projects and environmental changes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Starting Points

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Monica Tennberg
      Pages 3-16
    3. Monica Tennberg
      Pages 17-35
  3. Russian Adaptation Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Maria Rakkolainen, Monica Tennberg
      Pages 39-54
  4. Finnish Adaptation Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Monica Tennberg
      Pages 85-99
  5. Towards a Practice Theory of Adaptation Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, Monica Tennberg
      Pages 125-136
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 137-138

About this book


This assessment of governmental approaches to the vital task of adapting to climate change posits this undertaking as a central issue of governance. It  argues a close relation of governance to existing political and administrative practices. The product of a pan-Arctic research initiative called CAVIAR, it examines the technique of ‘responsibilisation’, in which the task of realising adaptive strategies is devolved to a range of levels of government, as well as to key individuals and organisations in society.

The book provides a detailed analysis of the development of adaptive governance in Russia and Finland. It presents a case study from the Sakha Republic in Russia that focuses on community’s participation in the process of governing of the flood events in the Tatta River area. Local adaptive practices are analyzed in relation to federal and regional responses that may mandate, encourage or collide with community’s agency. A second case study is centered on the Finnish community of Kuttura, Ivalo. It explores the mounting challenges presented by changing environmental conditions to traditional reindeer herding, as well as the efforts made to cope with these new factors. Combining anthropological research and political science, this penetrating work offers revealing scrutiny of governmental responses to one of the most urgent issues facing both politicians and the citizens who live in their domains.


Arctic adaptation climate change governance practice theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Monica Tennberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LaplandArctic CentreRovaniemiFinland

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews:

“The research in this book comprises a comprehensive study of the development of adaptation governance in Russia and in Finland … . The book is well written and its structure is quite clear. It is topical and timely, as it presents an important issue of regional concern – adaptation governance for climate change. It is a valuable contribution, particularly in light of the fact that research on adaptation lags behind climate impact assessment by almost a decade … .” (Polar Record, January, 2014)