The Future of Renewable Energy in the Russian Arctic Regions

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While the Arctic is rich in energy resources, many Arctic communities depend on imported diesel, experience energy poverty and environmental vulnerability. Renewable energy (RE) offers a solution to enhance local energy security. Yet, the uptake of RE varies significantly between the regions. Among the regions that have beyond-average per capita RE installed is the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the largest subnational unit in the Russian Federation located in Eastern Siberia. This presentation will use the case of Yakutia to examine subnational tendencies in Russian energy governance and clarify the role of local authorities and non-state actors in RE development.

Daria Gritsenko is an Assistant Professor at the Aleksanteri Institute and Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki (Finland). She holds a PhD in Political Science (2014) and the title of Docent in Environmental Policy (2018), both from the University of Helsinki. Dr. Gritsenko specializes in public policy with a focus on policymaking activities of private actors, large infrastructure governance and environmental sustainability. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Transport Policy, Geoforum, Policy Studies Journal, and Governance. In 2017, Dr. Gritsenko co-founded Digital Russia Studies (DRS), a scholarly network aimed at developing new ideas for combining data science and social sciences. Currently, Daria is a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar and a Visiting Scholar at IERES, investigating pathways for renewable energy development in the Russian Arctic.

Sponsored by: Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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