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Robert W. Orttung

George Washington University

Based in

United States
North America

Dr. Robert Orttung is Professor of Sustainability and International Affairs and Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the George Washington University. He is the editor of Urban Sustainability in the Arctic: Measuring Progress in Circumpolar Cities (NY: Berghahn, 2020). He has published extensively on Arctic topics and issues related to the development of Ukraine and Russia’s political systems. Orttung received a B.A. in Russian Studies from Stanford University and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Canada Russia Sweden

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy

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Javeline, D., Orttung, R., Robertson, G., Arnold, R., Barnes, A., Henry, L., Holland, E., Omelicheva, M., Rutland, P., Schatz, E., Schenk, C., Semenov, A., Sperling, V., McIntosh Sundstrom, L., Troitskiy, M., Twigg, J., & Wengle, S. (2023). Russia in a changing climate. WIREs Climate Change, e872. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.872

Zoe Garbis, Audrey Cox, Robert W. Orttung, 2023, “Taming the
wildfire infosphere in Interior Alaska: Tailoring risk and crisis
communications to specific audiences,” International Journal of Disaster
Risk Reduction 91, DOI:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103682.

Garbis, Z., McCarthy, E., Orttung, R.W., Poelzer, G,
Shaiman, M., Tafrate, J. Governing the green economy in the Arctic. Climatic
Change 176, 33 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-023-03506-3