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Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies pres.

CREES Noon Lecture. Extraction and Equity: Indigenous Communities and Oil Companies in the Russian Arctic

Laura Henry, associate professor of government, Bowdoin College

Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
What determines how oil companies interact with indigenous peoples and whether they share in the benefits of new oil and gas industry development? Do global rights and standards influence practices on the ground in authoritarian political regimes? Examining several cases in the Russian Arctic and sub-Arctic, Henry considers how local communities navigate a complex political context in which global rules and standards that prioritize indigenous and environmental claims interact with domestic laws and institutions that tend to advantage industry. Research in Russian indigenous communities in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Komi Republic, and on Sakhalin Island also illustrates how expectations based on practices from the Soviet era shape community’s ability to engage extractive industries in order to ensure their economic and social well-being.

Laura A. Henry is a professor in the Department of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Her research investigates Russia’s post-Soviet transformation, focusing on state society relations, environmental politics, extractive industries, and the interaction of transnational and local actors. Henry’s current work compares how Russian NGOs engage in global governance institutions with their counterparts in China, Brazil, India, and South Africa. Henry is the author of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M.E. Sharpe, 2006). Her work has appeared in Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, and other journals. She has been a Watson Foundation fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Her research has received support from the National Security Education Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Research and Exchange Board.

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(Photo: Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia, by Maria Tysiachniouk)
Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
Khorey-Ver, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
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