Stammler, Florian
Research Professor, Arctic Anthropology

Sustainable Development Research Group
Coordinator of Anthropology Research Team

Email: florian.stammler at
(or for Russian letters and during fieldwork: stammler at

tel  +358 (0)40 013 8807, (2717)
Fax: +358 (0)16 362 934

Social Anthropologist, specialises in Arctic Anthropology, particularly the Russian Far North. Interests lie in the human role in reindeer herding systems, arctic economy, nomadism, indigenous knowledge, resource extraction and native populations, industrial migration, centre-periphery relations.


  • 2006 - present. Institute associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2003 to 2005: Research Associate at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • 2000-2003: PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. Thesis title: "When Nomads Meet the Market: Property, Territoriality and Economy Among Reindeer Herders of Yamal, West Siberia". Supervisor: Chris Hann, simultaenously: founding member of the “Siberia Project Group” at the same institute.  
  • 2000: M. A. in Social Anthropology, University of Cologne. Thesis title: "Überlebensstrategien im Postsozialistschen Rußland: Das Beispiel der Rentierzüchtenden Khanty und Nenzen in Nordwestsibirien" (Strategies of Survival in Post-socialist Russia: An Example of Reindeer Herding, Khanty and Nentsy of Northwest Siberia)(in German). Supervisor: Michael Casimir.
  • 1999: Research Assistant in the Focal Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) called "Ecological Ethics and Agriculture in Change". Project supervisor: Aparna Rao
  • 1994-2000: Studies in Anthropology, Sociology and History at the Universities of Mainz (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), and Cologne (Germany)


My research interests are in the anthropology of nomadic societies with a special focus on reindeer herders. Since my first research project I have been engaged in the study of reindeer herding, fishing and hunting peoples of Siberia, looking at their adaptations to social, economic, political and ecological change. My research tries to capture the dynamics of arctic societies from the points of view of the reindeer herders. However, indigenous peoples in the Russian North have never been the isolated subsistence herders or hunters as they are frequently portrayed in the media and popular accounts.At the heart of my analyses lies the interaction between the nomadic and sedentary parts of the population. The interaction between reindeer herders and fishermen, oil-and gas workers, administrators and traders tells us about the nomads’ adaptability to the changing conditions of their surroundings. They also reveal the adaptability of the other side, labour migrants from the south to the arctic tundra.

See a video on how sudden freezing of snow impacts on Nenets reindeer husbandry in Yamal Peninsula

Nikolai Serotetto and his daughter migrating through a gas deposit on the Yamal Peninsula, July 2005.

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