Post-Petroleum Security in a Changing Arctic: Narratives and Trajectories Towards Viable Futures


  • Brigt Dale Nordland Research Institute
  • Berit Kristoffersen UiT Arctic University of Norway


In this paper we explore how post-petroleum security is continually shaped by both the micropolitical practices of everyday life as well as the changing geopolitics of energy landscapes. We focus in particular on the two-decade long struggle over access to hydrocarbon deposits outside the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja archipelago groups (LoVeSe), and show how local security perspectives permeate both national and international debates concerning the future of oil and the global climate challenge. These developments, we argue, are taking place in a paradoxical conjunction with Norwegian political establishment who along with the oil and gas industry insist on continued petroleum dependency as the only viable future. We further investigate how particular controlling measures have determined past, present and future narratives, and assess how alternative ideas that include multiple possible trajectories have found their way into national and global debates despite these efforts. The argument permeating this paper states that while oil remains a security concern to both proponents and opponents to oil development in the Arctic, the extent to which this situation is seen as a threat or a security provider varies greatly.

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Dale, B., & Kristoffersen, B. (2018). Post-Petroleum Security in a Changing Arctic: Narratives and Trajectories Towards Viable Futures. Arctic Review, 9, 244–261.



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Norway, Lofoten, Arctic, post-petroleum, ontological security, disruption, transformation, green transition