Gail Fondahl, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley, 1989

Professor of Geography


Fondahl, G., Espiritu, A., Ivanova, A. (2020) Russia’s arctic regions and policies. In The Palgrave Handbook on Arctic Policy. K. Coates and C. Holroyd (Eds.), pp. 195-216. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

Fondahl, G., Filippova, V., Savvinova, A. (2020) Introducing a registry of Indigenous persons in Russia: Rationale and Challenges, Espace/Populations/Sociétés 2020 (1-2).

Ivanova, A., Fondahl, G. (2020) Legal reform, governance and security in the Arctic. For Handbook of Arctic SecurityG. Hoogensen-Gjorv , M. Lantaigne, & H.G. Sam-Aggrey (Eds.), pp. 83-104 (Chapter 25). London: Routledge.

Wilson, G., Fondahl, G., Hansen, K.G. (2020) Governance for arctic sustainability. In: Arctic Sustainability, Key Methodologies and Knowledge Domains. A Synthesis of Knowledge 1, J.K. Graybill and A.N. Petrov (Eds.). Chapter 5 (22 pp.). London: Routledge.

Fondahl, G., Filippova, V., Savvinova, A., Ivanova, A., Stammler, F., Hoogensen-Gjørv, G. (2019) Niches of agency: Managing state-region relations through law in Russia, Space and Polity  DOI:10.1080/13562576.2019.1594752

Fondahl, G. (2018) Visiting Memorial Tree: Micro-geopolitics of an Evenki place composed and performed, Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines 49.  (24 pp.) (Electronic publication; no page #s. Available at

Savvinova, A.N, Filippova, V.V., Federova, A.S., Fondahl, G. (2018) Kartografirovanie ekologicheskikh problem territoriyakh traditsionnogo zemlepol’zovaniya korennykh malochislennykh narodov Severa v yuzhnoy Yakutii [Mapping of environmental problems on the territories of traditional land use of the Indigenous peoples of the North in aouthern Yakutia], Vestnik SVFU. Seriya “Nauka o zemle” 4(12): 37-43.

Fondahl, G. (2018) Sustainable arctic communities: A scientific perspective. In: The Arctic in World Affairs. A North Pacific Dialogue on the Future of the Arcticˆ, O.R. Young, J.D. Kim & Y.H. Kim, eds., pp.178-186. (Honolulu & Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute & East-West Center)

Fondahl, G. and G.N. Wilson (2017) Exploring Sustainabilities in the Circumpolar North. In: Northern Sustainabilities. Understanding and Addressing Change in the Circumpolar World, G. Fondahl and G.N. Wilson, eds., pp. 1-9. (Cham, Switzerland: Springer)

Northern Sustainabilities

Fondahl, G. and G.N Wilson, eds. (2017) Northern Sustainabilities. Understanding and Addressing Change in the Circumpolar World (Cham, Switzerland: Springer)

Fondahl, G. (2016) Founding Berezovka: A brief historical geography, Arktika. XXI vek. Gumanitarnye Nauki 3(9): 4-12.Petrov, A., S, BurnSilver, F.S. Chapin III, G. Fondahl, J.K. Graybill, K. Keil, A.E. Nilsson, R. Riedlsperger and P. Schweitzer (2017) Arctic Sustainability Research: Past, Present and Future (Abingdon, UK: Routledge)

Petrov, A.N., S. BurnSilver, F.S. Chapin III, G.Fondahl, J. Graybill, K. Keil, A.E. Nilsson, R. Riedlsperger and P. Schweitzer (2016) Arctic sustainability research: Toward a new agenda, Polar Geography, 39(3): 165-178.


Fondahl, G. and J.N. Larsen (2015) The Arctic Human Development Report II: A contribution to Arctic Policy Making, In Arctic Yearbook 2015. L Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot, & J. Plouffe. (eds.), 395-397. Akureyri, Iceland: Northern Research Forum.

Fondahl, G. and G. Wilson, eds. (2015) Northern Sustainabilities. Topics in Arctic Social Sciences 8.  Prince George: IASSA.  (Proceedings from Eighth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences. 173 pp.

Turner, C. and G. Fondahl (2015) “Overlapping claims” to territory confronting treaty-making in British Columbia: Causes and implications, The Canadian Geographer 59(4): 474-488 DOI 10:1111/cag.12205

Fondahl, G., V. Fillipova, and L. Mack (2015) Indigenous peoples in the New Arctic, in The New Arctic, eds. B. Evengård, J. N. Larsen and Ø. Ravna (Berlin: Springer).

Fondahl, G. (2015) Issledovanie zemel’noy reformy u evenkov v severnom Zabaykal’ye [Research on land reform among the Evenki of northern Transbaykalia], in Evenki Baunta. Ocherki etnicheskoy istorii. Ulan-Ude: NovaPrint, pp. 68-69.



Arctic Human Development Report II

Larsen, J.N and G. Fondahl, eds. (2014) Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. TemaNord 2014:567 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers). 500 pp.

Fondahl, G. and J.N. Larsen (2014) Introduction, in: The Second Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages, pp. 31-54. TemaNord 2014:567 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers)

Larsen, J.N. and G. Fondahl (2014) Major findings and emerging issues, in The Second Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages,  pp. 505-530. TemaNord 2014:567 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers)

Fondahl, G. (2014) Education in the North for the North: University’s Role in Development of Northern Region, in: Science and Education in the 21st Century: University’s Role for Innovative Development of the Region, E. I. Mikhailova & D. Kang (eds), 18-23, Seoul: Buma

Fondahl, G., S. Crate and V. Filippova (2014) The Sakha Republic: Yakutia, in Arctic Social Indicators/ ASI II Implementation, J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & A. Petrov (eds), 57-91.  (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers)

Larsen, J.N. P. Schweitzer, A. Petrov and G. Fondahl (2014) Tracking change in human development in the Arctic, in: Arctic Social Indicators/ ASI II Implementation, J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & A. Petrov (eds), 15-54. TemaNord  2014:568 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers)

Fondahl, G. and G. Wilson (2014) Eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII): Northern Sustainabilities [Conference Report], Polar Journal 4(2): 424-425

Fondahl, G. (2013) Mezhdunarodnaya assotsiatsiya arkticheskikh obshchestvennykh nauk/ The International Arctic Social Sciences Association, Arkticheskie vedomosti/ The Arctic Herald 3(7): 66-71

Fondahl, G. (2013) Where is indigenous? Legal productions of indigenous space in the Russian North, in Nomadic and Indigenous Spaces. Productions and Cognitions, eds. J. Miggelbrink, J. Otto Habeck, N. Mazzullo and P Koch, pp. 77-89. (Farhham:Ashgate)

Heikkilä, K. and G. Fondahl (2012) Co-managed research: non-indigenous reflections on an indigenous toponomy project in northern British Columbia, Journal of Cultural Geography 29(1): 61-86

Santomauro, D., C. Johnson, and G. Fondahl (2012) Historical-ecological evaluation of the long-term distribution of woodland caribou and moose in central British Columbia, Ecosphere 3(5): 1-19 (Article 37)

Heikkilä, K. and G. Fondahl (2010) Indigenous toponyms as pedagogical tools: Reflections from research with Tl’azt’en Nation, British Columbia, Fennia 188(1) : 105–122.

Arctic Social Indicators
Dahl, J., G. Fondahl, A. Petrov and R.S. Fjellheim (2010) Fate Control, Arctic Social Indicators, In J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & G. Fondahl (eds), 129-146  (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers).

Larsen, J.N., and G. Fondahl (2010) Introduction: Human Development in the Arctic and Arctic Social Indicators, Arctic Social Indicators, In J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & G. Fondahl (eds), 11-28 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers).

Larsen, J.N., G. Fondahl, and J. Kruse (2010) Conclusion: Measuring change in human development in the Arctic, Arctic Social Indicators, In J. Larsen, P. Schweitzer & G. Fondahl (eds), 157-159 (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers) Link to the publication is and ISBN # is 978-92-893-2007-8
Larsen, J., P. Schweitzer and G. Fondahl, eds. (2010) Arctic Social Indicators Report (Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers)

Fondahl, G. and S.Irlbacher-Fox (2009) Indigenous Governance in the Arctic (A Report for the Arctic Governance Project, prepared for the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation), 35pp.

Fondahl, G., P. Wright, D. Yim, E. Sherry, B. Leon, W. Bulmer, S. Grainger, and J. Young (2009) Co-managing Research: Building and Sustaining a First Nation - University Partnership, CDI Publications Series, University of Northern British Columbia ( (96 pp.)

Fondahl, G. (2008) Comment on ‘Size and place in the construction of indigeneity in the Russian Federation, by B. Donahoe, J.O. Habeck, A. Halemba and I. Sántha, Current Anthropology 49(6):1010-101

Fondahl, G. (2008) Soupravlenie, potentsial soobshchestva i samoupravlenie [Co-management, community capacity and self-government]. In Lyudi severa. Prava na resursy i ekspertiza [People of the North: Rights to Resources and Expert Assessment], N.I. Novikova (ed), 38-55, Moscow: Strategiya

Sirina, A.A. and G. Fondahl (2008) Prizrak nefteprovoda na Severe Baykala [The spectre of an oil pipeline to the North of Lake Baykal], Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 60-70

Fondahl, G. and D. Atkinson  (2007) Re-making space in north-central British Columbia: the establishment of the John Prince Research Forest, BC Studies 154:67-95.

Sirina, A. and G.Fondahl, (2007) Leto 2005 goda na severe Baykala [Summer 2005 in the north of Baykalia], Polevye issledovaniya IEA RAN 2005 [Field Research of the Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences - 2005], 128-146

Fondahl, G., B. Leon and S. Grainger (2006) Forestry management based on local values: an example of forest co-management in British Columbia, Indigenous Affairs 4:44-49. (Internal Review)

Fondahl, G.  and A. Sirina (2006) Rights and risks: Evenki concerns regarding the proposed Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline, Sibirica 5(2):115-138.

Fondahl, G. and A. Sirina (2006) Lake Baikal Region, Russia, in Indigenous World 2006, Sille Stidsen (ed), 56-60(Copenhagen: IWGIA)

Fondahl, G. and A. Sirina (2006) Oil pipeline development and indigenous rights in eastern Siberia, Indigenous Affairs 2-3:58-67. Published also as: La construccion de un oleoducto y los derechos indigenas in Siberia Oriental, Asuntos Indigenos 2-3:52-62

Fondahl, G. (2006) Increasing indigenous participation in resource management in the North: Research Opportunities and Barriers. Invited position paper for 4th Northern Research Forum Open Meeting, Oulu Finland/Luleå Sweden, 5-8 October ( Oulu%20Lulea%202006/oulu_lulea2006_files/Position%20Papers/Position%20Papers.htm)

Grainger, S., E. Sherry, and G. Fondahl (2006) The John Prince Research Forest: evolution of a co-management partnership, The Forestry Chronicle, 82(4):484-495.

Sirina, A.A. and G.A. Fondahl (2006) Evenki severnogo Pribaykal’ya i proekt stoitel’stva nefteprovoda “Vostochnaya Sibir’ – Tikhiy okean” [The Evenki of northern Cis-Baykail and the “Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean” pipeline construction project, Issledovaniya po Prikladnoy i Neotlozhnoy Etnologii No. 186 (35 pp)

Sirina, A. and G. Fondahl (2006) Otchet i zaklyuchenie po etnologicheskoy ekspertize planiruemogo stroitel’stva nefteprovoda v Severobaykal’skom rayone [Report and Conclusions on Ethnological Expertise concerning Planned Construction of an Oil Pipeline in Severobaykalsk Region] (83pp; completed for Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences]

Fondahl, G. (2005) Diskussiya [Discussion of N. Novikova’s article, “Obychnoe pravo narodov Severa: vozmozhnosti i ogranicheniya gosudarstvennoy pravovoy sistemi[(Customary law of the Peoples of the North: possibilities and limitations of the state legal system), pp. 4-14], Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie 5:15-18

Fondahl, G. (2005) Els Evenkis. Nomades de l’hivern, Diumenge, 20 Feb 2005, 14-21 (Catalonian journal)

Fondahl, G. (2005) “Everything is as if beyond a boundary: reflections on apprehensions regarding aboriginal re-territorialization in Northern Russia. In Rebuilding Identities. Pathways to Reform in Post-Soviet Siberia, E. Kasten (ed.). 89-107. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verla

Fondahl, G. (2005) Russian Federal Law on Guaranteeing the Rights of Native Sparse Peoples of the Russian Federation, Encyclopedia of the Arctic, Vol 3, M. Nuttall (ed), 1800-1802  (London: Routledge)

Fondahl, G. (2005) Russian Federal Law on Clan Communes (Obshchinas), Encyclopedia of the Arctic, Vol 3, M. Nuttall (ed), 1802-1803  (London: Routledge)

Fondahl, G. (2005) Russian Federal Law on Territories of Traditional Nature Use, Encyclopedia of the Arctic, Vol 3, M. Nuttall (ed), 1804-1805  (London: Routledge)

Sherry, E., R. Halseth, G. Fondahl, M. Karjala, and B. Leon (2005) Local-level criteria and indicators: an aboriginal perspective on sustainable forest management, Forestry 78(4): 513-539.

Sherry, E. and G. Fondahl (2005) Northern partnership focused on sustainable resource management, Link [Forrex newsletter] 7(1):18-19

Broderstad, E.G. and Dahl, J. (lead authors), with M. Buck, G. Fondahl, L. Müller-Wille, N. Novikova, G. Pullar, K. Wessendorf (2004) Political systems. In Arctic Human Development Report, 85-100. Akureyri, Iceland: Stefansson Arctic Institute.

Fondahl, G. (2004) Chukchi, Encyclopedia of Russian History, Vol 1, J. Miller (ed), 257-258 (New York: Macmillan Reference USA).

Fondahl, G. (2004) Evenki, Encyclopedia of Russian History, Vol 2, J. Miller (ed), 471 (New York: Macmillan Reference USA).

Fondahl, G. (2004) Nenets, Encyclopedia of Russian History, Vol 3, J. Miller (ed), 1035-1036 (New York: Macmillan Reference USA).

Fondahl, G. (2004) Northern Peoples, Encyclopedia of Russian History, Vol. 3, J. Miller (ed), 1065-1067 (New York: Macmillan Reference USA).

Sherry, Erin and G. Fondahl (2004) Methods for Developing Local-Level Criteria and Indicators of Joint Forest Management (Report Funded by FII and SSHRC/CURA, 87 pp.)

Sherry, E., G. Fondahl, R. Halseth, S. Parsons, and B. Leon (2004) Local-Level Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Co-management. (Report Funded by FII and SSHRC/CURA, 58pp.)

Fondahl, G. and Sirina, A. (2003) Working borders and shifting identities in the Russian Far North, Geoforum 34:541-556

Fondahl, G. (2003) Through the years: land rights among the Evenkis of southeastern Siberia, Cultural Survival Quarterly Spring 2003, 28-31.

Fondahl, G. (2002) Reglament obsledovaniya obshchin aborigenov kak vazhnyy instrument obychnogo prava [Aboriginal community research protocols], in Obychay i zakon. Issledovaniya po yuridicheskoy antropologii, N.I. Novikova and V.A. Tishkov (eds), 291-306 Moscow: Strategiya

Fondahl, G., (2002) Report on the Second International Summer School in Legal Anthropology: "Indigenous Rights to Resources (Focus on Fishing)" Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism Newsletter XXXV: 33-36. 

Morris, P. and G. Fondahl (2002) Negotiating the Production of Space in Tl’azt’en Territory, Northern British Columbia. Canadian Geographer 46(2): 108-125.

Fondahl, G., O. Lazebnik, G. Poelzer, and V. Robbek, (2001) Native "land claims", Russian style. Canadian Geographer 45(4): 545-561.

Fondahl, G., O. Lazebnik, and G. Poelzer (2000) Aboriginal Territorial Rights and the Sovereignty of the Sakha Republic, Post-Soviet Geography and Economics 41(6): 401-417.

Fondahl, G. (1999) Autonomous Regions and Indigenous Rights in Northern Russia, in: Dependency, Autonomy and Sustainability in the Arctic, Hanne Petersen and Birger Poppel (eds.), 55-63. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Halseth, G. and G. Fondahl (1999) Re-situating Regional Geography in an Undergraduate Curriculum. An Example from a New University, Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 22 (3): 335-346.

Fondahl, G. (1998) Gaining Ground? Evenkis, Land and Reform in Southeastern Siberia, Wilton, CT: Allyn and Bacon.

Fondahl, Gail A. (1997) Freezing the Frontier: Territories of Traditional Nature Use in Northern Russia, Progress in Planning 47(4):307-319. (Special issue on Frontiers and Indigenous Peoples).

Mangataeva, Darima D., and Gail Fondahl (1997) Traditsionnoe khozyaystvovanie kak osnova ustoychivogo razvitiya korennykh narodov Zabaykal'skogo Severa [Traditional Economic Activities as the Basis of Sustainable Development of the Native Peoples of the Transbaykal North], Geografiya i Prirodnye Resursy 1:138-144.

Fondahl, Gail A. (1997) Environmental Degradation and Indigenous Land Claims in Russia's North. In Contested Arctic. Indigenous Peoples, Industrial States, and the Circumpolar Environment, Eric Alden Smith and Joan McCarter (eds.), 68-87. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Fondahl, Gail (1997) Siberia: Assimilation and Its Discontents. In New Nations, New Politics. Building the Post-Soviet Nations, Ian Bremmer and Raymond Taras (eds.), 190-232. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Revision of 1993 publication: Fondahl, Gail (1993) Siberia: Native Peoples and Newcomers in Collision. In: Nations and Politics in the Soviet Successor States, Ian Bremmer and Raymond Taras (eds.), 477-510. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.)

Fondahl, Gail and Greg Poelzer (1997) Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North: A Decade of Progress, Cultural Survival Quarterly 21(3):30-33

Fondahl, Gail (1996) New Views on Resource Development in Southeastern Siberia, Trends 33(4):22-25.

Fondahl, Gail (1996) Evenks and Land Reform in Siberia: Progress and Obstacles, Fourth World Bulletin, 5(1-2):38-42.

Fondahl, Gail (1996) Contested Terrain: Changing Boundaries and Identities in Southeastern Siberia, Post-Soviet Geography 37(1):3-15

Fondahl, Gail (1995) Legacies of Territorial Restructuring for Indigenous Land Claims in Northern Russia, Polar Geography and Geology 19(1):1-2

Fondahl, Gail (1995) The Status of Indigenous Peoples in the Russian North, Post-Soviet Geography 36(4): 215-224.

Fondahl, Gail (1994) Evenki (Northern Tungus), Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Volume VI, Russia and Eurasia/China, Paul Friedrich and Norma Diamond (eds.) 120-124. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co.

Fondahl, Gail (1993) North Asia: A Changing Region, and Udege of the Russian Federation. In State of the Peoples. A Global Human Rights Report on Societies in Danger, Marc S. Miller, (ed.), 114-116, 127. Boston: Beacon Press. (Served as region coordinator for North Asia entries for this book.)

Fondahl, Gail (1993) Mending Cultural Fences and The Reindeer Riders (sidebar), Earthwatch XII(II):14-18, Jan/Feb 1993. Excerpted with permission in Surviving Together 11(1):16-17; reprinted with permission in Studio Classroom (Hong Kong) 8:32-34, August 1993.

Fondahl, Gail (1992) The Invasion of Siberia, Cultural Survival Quarterly 16(3):3-4. Reprinted in Frontiere 4(1):17, March 1993, in Italian.

Fondahl, Gail (1992) Introduction: After the Breakup. Roots of Soviet Dis-union, Cultural Survival Quarterly 16(1):18-20. (Served as guest editor for this issue, which includes articles on various peoples of the former USSR, solicited from scholars in North America and the Soviet Union.)

Fondahl, Gail (1989) Reindeer Dairying in the Soviet Union, Polar Record 25 (155):285-294.50

Fondahl, Gail (1985) Native Peoples of the Soviet North, Northern Raven. Summer 1985. Reprinted in Tundra Times, 29 July 1985.