Fate Control and Governance for Sustainability in Arctic Urban Communities

Authors: Matthew Ruiz*, University of Northern Iowa
Topics: Geographic Theory
Keywords: Arctic, Fate Control
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Fate control has been identified as a important indicator of social wellbieng and sustainable development in the Arctic by the Arctic Social Indicators and Arctic Human Development Report. Fate Control is understood as a ability of community to define (make decisions) about its own future. The ability make such decisions depends on internal capacities and external institutional conditions in which such community exists.The components of the Fate Control Index include political power, economic self-reliance, ability to maintain knowledge and culture and control over land and resources. This study applies to concept of fate control to urban settlements in the Arctic and developed a modified Index of Fate Control to be applied to northern cities and towns. The results indicate a wide variety of fate control conditions in the Arctic. We attempt to relate these to the governance for sustainability mechanisms and outcomes.

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