Faculty Publications

Title

Stay or leave? Arctic youth prospects and sustainable futures of the russian arctic communities

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Arctic, Indigenous youth, Migration, Russia, Social sustainability, Youth

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sustainability (Switzerland)

Volume

13

Issue

21

Abstract

Based on quantitative and qualitative analysis, this paper attempts to answer a research question that is critical for many Arctic communities: “What makes local youth want to leave?” Using the Russian Arctic cities of Naryan-Mar, Salekhard, and Novy Urengoy (Nenets and Yamalo-Nenets regions) as case studies, this article explores how local youth contribute to social sustainability and define the futures of their Arctic cities. The study identifies new variables relevant to the youth cohort built on the Urban Sustainability Index and social sustainability model. Based on 400+ questionnaires and interviews with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, education professionals, and public officials, this study looks at the youth’s educational and professional strategies, social activities and cultural consumption, migration patterns, and civic engagement in a broader context. This article also discusses how local youth feel disempowered in building their futures and highlights the importance of access to educational opportunities and wider career choices in the Arctic.

Department

Department of Geography

Department

ARCTICenter

Original Publication Date

11-1-2021

DOI of published version

10.3390/su132112058

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