The development of nuclear energy in Arctic can be considered as a great challenge for local societies and highly vulnerable circumpolar nature. Taking into account historical roots of industrial and technological activity on the Russian Far North special attention should be paid to the analysis of political, technological, social, cultural and environmental concerns of local population.

The main objectives of the paper are:

- to provide interim results of the case study on public involvement in technological and environmental decision-making in the field of „Peaceful Atom` in Russian Arctic (Murmansk / Kola and Bilibino/Chukotka nuclear power plants);

- to highlight complex interconnections between technological activity and social, cultural and environmental problems in the mentionned regions of Russian Arctic,

- to clarify influences of technological activity in the field of nuclear energy and its social consequences on the practices and lives of indigenous peoples (Chukotka/ Bilibino);

- to evaluate existing strategies of public communication and participation in technological and environmental governance.

The methodology of the paper is a historical analysis based on a systematic qualitative approach and reviewing existed literature. Content analysis of relevant publications in media, and interviews aimed at the specification of both communications between science & engineering community and general public, and expression of public attitudes are also used as complimentary methods.

Although the paper highlights the results of the work-in-progress, interim conclusions will be made. By analyzing the aspects of PCST in connection with the development of the `peaceful Atom` in Russian Arctic it will be possible to reach a more comprehensive insight of the national PCST landscape, and to indicate prospective strategies in governance of science and technology in the region. The failure of some existed strategies of communication, especially with indigenious population, makes it necessary to implement alternative strategies and practices.

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Nuclear energy in russian circunpolar north.Aspects of public communication of science and technology

Efremenko Dmitry   International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences

The development of nuclear energy in Arctic can be considered as a great challenge for local societies and highly vulnerable circumpolar nature. Taking into account historical roots of industrial and technological activity on the Russian Far North special attention should be paid to the analysis of political, technological, social, cultural and environmental concerns of local population.

The main objectives of the paper are:

- to provide interim results of the case study on public involvement in technological and environmental decision-making in the field of „Peaceful Atom` in Russian Arctic (Murmansk / Kola and Bilibino/Chukotka nuclear power plants);

- to highlight complex interconnections between technological activity and social, cultural and environmental problems in the mentionned regions of Russian Arctic,

- to clarify influences of technological activity in the field of nuclear energy and its social consequences on the practices and lives of indigenous peoples (Chukotka/ Bilibino);

- to evaluate existing strategies of public communication and participation in technological and environmental governance.

The methodology of the paper is a historical analysis based on a systematic qualitative approach and reviewing existed literature. Content analysis of relevant publications in media, and interviews aimed at the specification of both communications between science & engineering community and general public, and expression of public attitudes are also used as complimentary methods.

Although the paper highlights the results of the work-in-progress, interim conclusions will be made. By analyzing the aspects of PCST in connection with the development of the `peaceful Atom` in Russian Arctic it will be possible to reach a more comprehensive insight of the national PCST landscape, and to indicate prospective strategies in governance of science and technology in the region. The failure of some existed strategies of communication, especially with indigenious population, makes it necessary to implement alternative strategies and practices.

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