The North-Arctic Territories of the Far East: Influence of Infrastructure Factors on the Transformation of the Region’s Spatial Development




Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation (AZRF), Far East, North-Arctic territories, spatial development, Northeastern mesoregion, critical infrastructure, exogenous infrastructural factors, geostrategic territories


The complex influence of infrastructure factors on the transformation of spatial development of various regions, including the North-Arctic, is very important but understudied. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of infrastructure do not correspond to its backbone nature and role in economic development. The paper aims to identify characteristics and causes of the ongoing spatial and economic transformations and determine their influence on socio-economic development and formation of integrated economic structures of Northern and Arctic territories. The research considers both the classic Arctic regions and high-latitude Far North regions, which are closely integrated in natural, ecological and socio-economic terms. To this end, theories of spatial economics, infrastructure and system-evolutionary analysis, as well as the authors’ relevant theoretical and methodological approaches are utilised. Additionally, the paper uses a hypothetical approach and indirect assessment methods based on the analysis of strategic studies and documents on the long-term development of the studied territories. As a result, the peculiarities of the ongoing transformations in this zone were revealed, associated with the advanced development of exogenous elements of critical infrastructure and formation of a special Northeastern mesoregion. This new integrated formation is an intermediate, median structure between the primary North-Arctic territories (microregions) and the Far East macroregion. This formation can significantly strengthen the economic and geostrategic stability of these regions in a fairly short time. It is necessary to further study the described problem based on interdisciplinary research within the framework of a target scientific and applied programme with the participation of natural and social science experts.

Author Biography

Boris H. Krasnopolski , Economic Research Institute of Far Eastern Branch of RAS

Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Professor, Chief Research Associate; (153, Tikhookeanskaya St., Khabarovsk, 680042, Russian Federation; e-mail:



How to Cite

Krasnopolski Б. Х. . (2024). The North-Arctic Territories of the Far East: Influence of Infrastructure Factors on the Transformation of the Region’s Spatial Development. Economy of Regions, 20(2), 556–573.



Regional Development of the Russian North and Arctic