Arctic Bibliography

Given the growing importance of the Arctic region, and the role the Scandinavian states and indigenous groups play in shaping its future, I have put together this resource for students to use. I have put together a reading list that covers many aspects of the Arctic, including politics, indigenous rights, and environmental concerns. Many of these resources have been a part of directed readings or previous coursework, and have been incorporated into independent study syllabi. Some readings also fit within the wider framework of environmental politics. Please feel free to email me if you have an addition for this list.



  • Chaturvedi, Sanjay. 2000. “Arctic Geopolitics Then and Now.” In The Arctic: Environment, People, Policies. M. Nuttall & T. Callaghan, Eds. Pp. 441-458.
  • Fisher, William F. 1997. “Doing Good: The Politics and Antipolitics of NGO Practices.” Annual Review of Anthropology 26:439-464.
  • Gerhardt, Hannes; Steinberg, Philip;  Tasch,  Sandra, Jeremy; and Shields, Rob. 2010. “Contested Sovereignty in a Changing Arctic.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 100(4): 92–102.
  • Hardin, G. 1968. “The Tragedy of the Commons,” Science (162):1243-124.
  • Håkon, Alf. 2009. “Do We Need a New Legal Regime for the Arctic Ocean?” International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 24(2): 443–456.
  • Heininen, L., and Southcott, C. 2010. Globalization and the Circumpolar North. Faribanks: University of Alaska Press.
  • Young, Oren. 1992. Arctic Politics:  Conflict and Cooperation in the Circumpolar North. Hanover: University Press of New England.

Environmental Politics

  • Carothers, C. 2011. “Equity and Access to Fishing Rights: Exploring the Community Quota Program in the Gulf of Alaska.” Human Organization 70(3): 213-223.
  • Carothers, Courtney. & Chambers, Catherine. 2012. “Fisheries Privatization and the Remaking of Fisheries Systems.” Environment and Society: Advances in Research 3(1):39-59.
  • O’Riordan T, and Jordan, A. 1995. “The Precautionary Principle in Contemporary Environmental Politics.” Environmental Values (4):191-212.

Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic

  • Berkes, Fikret.  2012.  Sacred Ecology: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management.  3rd Edition. New York: Routledge.
  • Christen, Kimberley. 2005. “Gone Digital: Aboriginal Remix and the Cultural Commons.” International Journal of Cultural Property 12:315-345
  • Dombrowski, Kirk. 2002. “The Praxis of Indigenism and Alaska Native Timber Politics.” American Anthropologist 104(4):1062-1073.
  • Dove, Michael R. 2006. “Indigenous People and Environmental Politics.” Annual Review of Anthropology 35:191-208.
  • Fondahl, Gail; Filippova, Viktoriya, and Mack, Liza. 2009. “Indigenous Peoples in the New Arctic,” in Arctic Governance: Traditional Knowledge of Artic Indigenous Peoples From an International Policy Perspective.
  • Menzies, Charles. 2001. “Reflections on Research with, for, and among Indigenous Peoples.” Canadian Journal of Native Education. 25(1):19-36.
  • Nuttall, Mark. 2000. “Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and the Arctic Environment.” In The Arctic: Environment, people, policies. M. Nuttall & T. Callaghan, Eds.
  • Wilson, G. N. & Smith, H. A. 2011. “The Inuit Circumpolar Council in an Era of Global and Local Change.” International Journal 66: 909-921.

The Future of the Arctic

  • Borgerson, Scott. 2008. “Arctic Meltdown: The Economic and Security Implications of Global Warming.” Foreign Affairs 87(2): 63–77.
  • Brosnan, Ian,  Leschine, Thomas, and  Miles, Edward. 2011. “Cooperation or Conflict in a Changing Arctic?” Ocean Development and International Law. 42(1):73–210.
  • Chen, Gang. 2011. “China’s Emerging Arctic Strategy.” Polar Journal 2(1): 358­–371.
  • Hough, Peter. 2013. International Politics of the Arctic: Coming In from the Cold. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Keskitalo, Carina. 2007. “International Region-Building: Development of the Arctic as an International Region,” Cooperation and Conflict 42(2): 187-205.

Science and Policy

  • Fischer, F. 2005. “Environmental Regulation and Risk-Benefit Analysis: From Technical to Deliberative Policy Making,” in Managing Leviathan: Environmental Politics and the Administrative State. New York: Broadview Press.
  • Jasanoff, S. “Is Science Socially Constructed – And Can It Still Inform Public Policy?” Science and Engineering Ethics 2(3):263-276 (1996).