Dr. Helander-Renvall, Elina
Senior scientist

Sustainable Development Research Group
Contact info: tel. +358 (0)40 013 8878, (2735)
fax. +358 (0)16 362 934
Email: elina.helander-renvall at ulapland.fi

Research fields: Resource use and customary law among the Sami people; Traditional knowledge; Traditional cultures and lifestyles of the Arctic; State-Sami relations; Status of the biodiversity-related knowledge in the Arctic (Biodiversity convention, art. 8j-Indigenous and local communities knowledge); Sustainable development.

Latest and ongoing Research Projects: Traditional ecological knowledge; Gender-related knowledge; Status and trends of the biodiversity-related knowledge of the Arctic (art. 8j- Indigenous and local communities knowledge); customary law.

Arctic Indigenous and Sami Research Office at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland: Person in charge

Main publications from 1998:

  • Ekologalaš árbedieđu giehtagirji. Markkula, Inkeri; Helander-Renvall, Elina (2015). http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-484-810-7
  • Markkula, Inkeri; Helander-Renvall, Elina (2014). Ekologisen perinnetiedon käsikirja. Arktisen keskuksen tiedotteita 59.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina. 2014. Relationships between Sámi Reindeer Herders, Lands, and Reindeer. In:  Routledge of Handbook of Human-Animal Studies (Garry Marvin & Susan McHugh, eds). London and New York: Routledge. Ch. 18.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina 2013. On Customary Law among the Sami People. In: Nigel Bankes & Timo Koivurova (eds). The Proposed Nordic Saami Convention. National and international dimensions of in digenous property rights. Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd,  281-291.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina 2013. Tenon kullepyynti osana vanhaa siidajärjestystä. In: Päivi Magga & Eija Ojanlatva (eds). Ealli Biras/Elävä ympäristö. Saamelainen kulttuuriympäristöohjelma. Vaasa: Sámi Museum-Saamelaismuseosäätiö, 132-134.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina. 2012. Daughter of the Sun. Sami Fairy Tales. Auringon tytär. Saamelaisia satuja. Mäntykustannus Oy.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2011) Silde. Mythes et contes sames. Rovaniemi: Oy Sevenprint Ltd.
  • Riseth, Jan Åge, Hans Tømmervik, Elina Helander-Renvall, Niklas Labba, Cecilia Johansson, Eirik Malnes, Jarle W. Bjerke, Christer Jonsson, Veijo Pohjola, Lars-Erik Sarri, Audhild Schanche and Terry V. Callaghan (2011) Sámi Traditional Ecological Knowledge as a Guide to Science: Snow, Ice and Reindeer Pasture Facing Climate Change. Polar Record, 47: 202-217. 
  • Elina Helander-Renvall & Inkeri Markkula (2011) Luonnon monimuotoisuus ja saamelaiset. Biologista monimuotoisuutta koskevan artikla 8(j):n toimeenpanoa tukeva selvitys Suomen Saamelaisalueella. Suomen ympäristöministeriö. Suomen ympäristö 12/2011.
  • Helander-Renvall, E. (2010) Globalization and Traditional Livelihoods. In L. Heininen & C.Southcott (editors). Globalization and the Circumpolar North.  Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press. 179-219.
  • Helander-Renvall, E. (2010) Animism, personhood and the nature of reality: Sami perspectives. In Polar Record 46 (236): 44-56.
  • Helander-Renvall, E. (2010) Animism. The Web of Life. In Báiki. The International Sámi Journal, 33. 7-8.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2009). "Beyond the pale: Locating Sea Sami women outside the official fisheries discourse in Northern Norway", In: Joanna Kafarowski (ed.). Gender, culture and northern fisheries. Canadian Circumpolar Institute. University of Alberta. 2009. Forthcoming.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina &  Inkeri Markkula (2009). Luonnon monimuotoisuus ja saamelaiset - Biologista monimuotoisuutta koskevan yleissopimuksen artikla 8(j):n toimeenpanoa tukeva selvitys Suomen Saamelaisalueella. Ympäristöministeriö Arktinen keskus. Forthcoming.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2009). "Animism, personhood and the nature of reality: Sami perspectives", In: Polar Record. First View article. Published Online 08 September 2009.
  • Saijets, Mika  & Elina Helander-Renvall (2009). Ihmisen, poron ja luonnon vuorovaikutus - Perinnetiedon merkitys saamelaisessa poronhoidossa Utsjoella. Arktisen keskuksen tiedotteita 53. University of Lapland. Lapin yliopisto. Rovaniemi: Oy Sevenprint Ltd.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2008). "Logical Adaptation to Modern Technology: Snowmobile Revolution in Sápmi",  In: The Borderless North. Publication of the Fourth Northern Research Forum. The Thule Institute. Oulu: 2008, pp. 27-33.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2008). "Váisi, the Sacred Wild: Transformation and Dreaming in the Sami Cultural Context", In: Wo(men) and Bears. The Gifts of Nature, Culture and Gender Revisited. Kaarina Kailo (ed.). Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc. pp. 314-338.
  • Helander-Renvall, Elina (2007). "Traditional ecological knowledge, snow and Sami reindeer herding", In: Knowledge and Power in the Arctic-Conference Proceedings. Arctic Reports 48/2007.
  • Helander, Elina (2005). Climate Change and the Saami. In: ACIA. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 86-87.
  • Helander, Elina. (2004). "Global Change-Climate Change Observations among the Sami",  In: Helander, Elina & Tero Mustonen (eds.). Snowscapes, Dreamscapes. Snowchange Book on Community Voices of Change. 2004, pp. 302-309.
  • Samiska rättsuppfattningar. Juridica Lapponica 30. Rovaniemi 2004.
  • The Nature of Sami Customary Law. In: Timo Koivurova et.al. (eds.) Arctic Governance. Juridica Lapponica 29. Rovaniemi 2004, pp.88-96.
  • Snowscapes, Dreamscapes. Snowchange Book on Community Voices of Change. Tampere Polytechnic Publications, 2004. (Helander Elina & Tero Mustonen, eds.).
  • A marginalized minority remains marginalised? On the management of fjord resources. In: Kristiina Karppi & Johan Eriksson (eds.). Conflict and Cooperation in the North. Umeå  2002, pp.  203-221.
  • Samiska rättsuppfattningar i  Tana. In:  Norges offentlige utredninger. Samiske sedvaner og  rettsoppfatninger, bakgrunnsmateriale for samerettsutvalget. NOU 2001:34, pp.425-458.
  • Rätt i Deanodat. In: Norges offentlige utredninger. Samiske sedvaner og  rettsoppfatninger, bakgrunnsmateriale for samerettsutvalget. NOU 2001:34, pp. 459-496.
  • Sami subsistence activities –spatial aspects and structuration. In : Acta Borealia 2, 1999, pp. 7-27.
  • Land and Saami traditional rights. In: Tom G. Svensson (ed.) On Customary law and the Saami Rights Process in Norway. Senter for samiske studier. Tromsö 1999. pp.143-164.
  • No beginning, No end. The Sami speak up. Circumpolar Research Series no 5, Canadian Circumpolar Institute. 1998. (Helander Elina & Kaarina Kailo, eds.).