The session will address the question of infrastructure developments in the increasingly globalized Arctic. As the Arctic opens up to oil and gas, as well as to mining exploration and exploitation, corresponding infrastructures have to be put into place, such as pipelines, ports/terminals and other transport infrastructures (e.g., rail and roads). In parallel, the energy to operate these infrastructures has to be brought to the Arctic (e.g., electricity lines, power stations). Also, as the Arctic opens up to shipping, corresponding infrastructures have again to be put into place, taking again the form of ports, roads and urban construction more generally. Finally, increased traffic (shipping, road transport, air transport) as well as the urbanization of the Arctic will require corresponding developments of telecommunications infrastructures both via satellite and via cable. Our session will examine the state of advancement of these infrastructure developments, its financing and its implications on the Arctic ecology.
The papers might include, but are not limited to:
- Transport, infrastructure and communication as urban construction and sustainable development (in theory & in practice)
- Northern sea routes and global trade & markets
- Transport (shipping and aviation), infrastructure and tourism in the Arctic
- Importance of communication & ICT for Indigenous peoples and other locals
- Environmental and economic impacts of increasing traffic in the Arctic
- Best practices and comprehensive strategies for Arctic transport, infrastructure and communication