Northern regions are still less visible than others. Drawing on Canadian and Alaskan experiences, we argue that northern communities need integrated resilience strategies for their development and that such strategies need to have the character of local plans. Resilience has to take on local attributes, planning has to be understood as pro-active local design and governance seen as an always local northern bricolage. This approach can enhance the capacity to entertain alternative futures in the governance system, the capacity to assess constantly shifting problematizations of issues, and a better matching of locally desirable futures and existing assets.
New paper in Land Use Policy, with Jeff Birchall and Monica Gruezmacher: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837722000898