Policy environment analysis for Arctic seaport development: the case of Sabetta (Russia)

Daria Gritsenko, Elena Efimova

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Abstract

In this paper, a structuration model is developed to evaluate opportunities and constraints that may arise for a port authority operating a port in the Arctic. The study builds upon the new institutionalist approach to transport infrastructure policy. It argues that given the specificity of operational conditions in the Arctic, as well as the expectations of the resource-driven future transformations, the conventional port development models cannot accurately depict factors of Arctic port activity. The proposed structuration approach focuses on how four dimensions of the policy environment (physical, economic, institutional, and environmental) enable and constrain policy choices available to a port authority. Application of this model to the case of Sabetta, a deep-sea multi-functional port constructed in the Ob estuary of the Yamal peninsula (Russia), demonstrates the inextricable links between actions and institutions and pinpoints the uncertainty factors that affect Arctic port development ‘from scratch’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-207
JournalPolar Geography
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Russia
Arctic
Arctic region
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port development
Estuaries
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Uncertainty
development model
Economics
uncertainty
uncertainty analysis
deep sea
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