Invitation : Conférence Umea


L’Ambassade de France, l’Institut Français de Suède, le groupe du programme de recherches MISTRA Arctic Sustainable Development, et l’université ARCUM   ont invité Yvette Vaguet à participer à la conférence The Urban Arctic :

The Urban Arctic, Towards a new understanding of the Norht, 10 June 2016

Communication présentée :

Vaguet Y, Urbanization in connection to oil & gas development in the Ob river area (Northern Russia)

The Ob river region (Western Siberia), lying mainly in permafrost area, is already urban for a couple of decades. Since the development of oil industry from the mid‐1960s, the region has experienced an urban transition as a consequence of a functionnal bifurcation that represents its industrialisation. This implies a rapid pace and considerable in-migration. Nowadays, 23 out of about thirty cities have been created ex‐nihilo. Because of its half‐century‐old experience, the region appears a key‐area when questioning the urban fact in the Arctic.



Invitation : Conférence Mourmansk


LInstitute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University (USA) a invité Yvette Vaguet à participer à la conférence annuelle du consortium Arctic Research Coordination Network, Building a Research Network for Promoting Arctic Urban Sustainability  (projet NSF-ARCN):

Russia’s Arctic Cities: Sustainable Development and Challenges (Murmansk, Russia), June 27-28, 2016

Communication présentée :

VAGUET  Y., Bykova A.G., Couillet A., 2016.  More urban, less Arctic ? Convergence & Divergence – The case of the Ob river region


Western Siberia, lying mainly in a permafrost area, has been urbanized for two decades or thereabouts. Russia has had the most notable experience of urbanization within the circumpolar zone and the landscape bears the most consummate signs of this experience in the region. Oil extraction constitutes the major determinant of this urbanization with the construction of more than 20 towns.


One can wonder if these urban centers are sustainable or will remain only for short-term. As a matter of fact, a current debate concerns their future in particular beyond the peak oil or facing the risks of climate change such as floods of the marshy basin of the Ob river or collapses related to permafrost melting. However, their future could also be a flourishing economy with the prospect of oil-and-gas development northwards to the Arctic Ocean. Awaiting a response, the region still presents a positive migration balance. Nowadays western Siberian towns are trying to diversify their economic profile. Moreover, municipalities are also trying to improve the quality of life of their citizens in order to retain, if not attract, inhabitants, especially the high-skilled ones. These towns show evident signs of affective and financial investment of some residents, such as the spread of the detached house model, as in many parts of the world. From the pioneers’ towns they were a couple of decade ago, these towns have slowly moved toward global urban life model and in this way, they show some convergences with their western counterparts.


This paper discusses this change in terms of convergences with what is commonly admitted as ‘global’ and divergences with what is commonly admitted as ‘Arctic’. Then, it comes back to the definition of the Arctic and considers particularly the one of Louis-Edmond Hamelin (Hamelin, L.-E., 1968) that combines physical and human dimensions. This author made a nordicity index, which dropped in the Ob river region. This led to the northward shift of the Arctic boundary.





Seminar « Food & Water Security in the north – a community based participatrory research »

à venir

UMR IDEES-Rouen accueille du 8 au 11 novembre

Lena Maria Nilsson

Arcum – Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University

Umeå University

Jeudi 10 novembre – Thursday 10th Nov, 2016, 14h

Seminar « Food & Water Security in the north – a community based participatrory research »

Sami peoples have a similar life expectancy as the majority of Arctic Fennoscandia. From a global perspective this is unique. Significant for a traditional Sami lifestyle is carbohydrate restricted diets, rich in animal food sources, wild berries and plant food, consumption of boiled, unfiltered coffee, extensive physical activity and a daily spirituality. I study temporal changes in these lifestyle factors from a food security perspective and as triggers of low-grade inflammation and related uncommunicable diseases. My studies are based on a cohort of 100 000 unique local Arctic individuals.