Stammler-Gossmann, Anna

Senior Researcher, PhD

Anthropology Research Team

Anthropologist, PhD in historical anthropology, specializes in Arctic Anthropology since 1995.

Research interests

  • Climate change and human activities in the Arctic (fishery, aquaculture, indigenous peoples, pastoralism, tourism, oil- and gas extraction)
  • Human-animal relations
  • Anthropology of water (multiple meaning of sea water; anthropology of disaster (flooding), anthropology of fisherman)
  • Sustainable development (national and local concepts of sustainability)
  • Arctic individual and collective identities, spatial identity, concept of the North, indigeneity 
  • Cross-border relations (informal economy, petty trade, cross-border tourism)
  • Food and migration studies


  • Finnmark (Northeastern Norway) – 2008-2015
  • Iceland – 2011, 2014
  • Svalbard (Northern Norway) – 2013
  • Republic of Sakha Yakutia (Northeastern Russia) – 1998 – 2014
  • Kola Peninsula, Murmansk region (Northwestern Russia) 2005 - 2014
  • Nenets Autonomous District (Russia) – 2008
  • Kamchatka (Far East of Russia) – 2007, 2014
  • British Columbia (Canada) – 2014
  • Lapland (Finland), 2015

Funded Research Projects

·         ARC-ARK (Finnish Academy, 2015-2018): Human-animal adaptations to the Arctic environment: natural and folk selection practices.

·         ICE LAW (The Leverhulme Trust, UK, 2015-2018) Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World. The Local and Indigenous Perspectives subproject

·         POLARIS ( EU, FP7, 2013-2017)

·         ORHELIA (Finnish Academy, 2012-2016): Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic 

·         ACCESS (EU, FP7, 2011-2015): Arctic Climate Change Economies and Society. WP 3: The Socio-Economic Impact of Climate Change on Arctic Fisheries, Chair of the Research Ethics board.

·         CAVIAR (EU IPY, 2008-2011) and FIN-CAVIAR (Finnish Academy): Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic regions

·         DAMOCLES (EU IPY, 2006-2008) Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies

·         Top-down and bottom-up globalisation in the Russian North (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland, 2005)

·         Indigenous Peoples and Incoming Population in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia (Russia), (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Germany, 2000-2002)

·         Interethnic Relations in the Russian North in the 19-20 century (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Germany, 1997-2000)

·         Political and Economic Development in the Post-Socialist Northern Russia (Otto Benecke Stiftung, Germany, 1996-1997)

·         Centre-periphery relations in the Russian North (Bundesinstitut fuer Ostwissenschaftliche und Internationale Studien, Germany, 1997)

·         Ethnopolitical Situation in the Russian North (Ministry for Education, Science and Technology, Germany, 1995-1996)

·         German Research on Siberia in the 19-20 century (Otto Benecke Stiftung, Germany, 1994-1995)

  • 2015, February. ” Fishers, Climate Change and the Sea”, Centre Tecnològic de Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014, February - 2016. Barents stories: How do we see the sea? Arktikum, Rovaniemi , Finland
  • 2014, May. 'Reindeer herding: Common economy - similar and different practices', Lovozero, Kola Peninsula, Russia

  • 2012, October 'Northern pastoralism', exhibition in Sevettijärvi, Lapland, Finland,

  • 2012, November. 'Anthropological fieldwork: Siberian travel', exhibition at the Arctic Centre,

  • 2011, October. ‘Man and circumpolar nature’, Art exhibition by Enrique del Acebo Ibanes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Arctic Centre,

Conferences, seminars, workshops organized

  • Practicing Shamanism: ‘What does it mean to be a shaman? Seminar with two Sami practitioners from Kola Peninsula, Arctic Centre, November 2015

  • ‘Arctic Fish-Fishers-Fisheries’, stakeholder workshop, Arctic Centre, February 2015

  • Arctic Fisheries: ‘Puzzling about sustainability’ workshop, Arctic Centre, November 2014 

  • 'Arctic Ocean and coastal communities' workshop, March 2014

  • ‘Climate change and Arctic communities’, University of Sorbonne, France, co-organizer, July 7-9, 2014

  • 'How do we see the sea? Multiple meanings of water'. Sessions organizer and chair ICASS 8, Prince George, Canada, May 2014

  • ‘Northern drinking’: Values and control’. Sessions organizer and chair ICASS 8, Prince George, Canada, May 2014

  • 'Man and the Sea', workshop, Arctic Centre, December 2013

  • 'Sami people of Jona: Pride and prejudice', workshop, Arctic Centre, November 13, 2013

  • 'Are glaciers good to think with?', workshop with Julie Cruikshank, Arctic Centre and ARKTIS, April 2013

  • ‘Reconstructing change and resilience in environmental and social conditions – what can we learn from the past for the future’, research seminar, co-organizer, April  2013.

  • 'Protecting the sacred’ conference, Rovaniemi/Pyhä, co-organizer, session chair, September 2013

  • Making a documentary from the field materials (2 workshops), Arctic Centre, October, December, 2012

  • Series of lectures and international documentary films week 'Multiple meanings of sea water', Arctic Centre, Arktikum, organizer, November 16-30, 2012.

  • “Arctic and Antarctic come together”. Human-nature relations: Perspective from the North and from the South, Arctic Centre, December 3, 2007

  • Barents Specialists conference: Pieces from peripheries and centres. Session organiser, chair. Reconsidering Peripheries and Centres, March 30 – 31, 2006. University of Lapland, Rovaniemi,


  • 2005 -   Senior researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (Finland), Arctic Anthropology group, Department of Sustainable Development

  • 2009 – Visiting scholar: Tohoku University for Northeastern Studies, Sendai, Japan  

  • 2004 - 2005 Visiting scholar: Reindeer herders and hunters of Central Siberia; Contemporary Russian Arctic collection of the library, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (UK)

  • 1995 - 2002 Institute for Eastern European Studies, University of Cologne, Germany.  Research on centre-periphery and interethnic relations in the Russian Federation

  • 1994 - 1995 Institute for Social Anthropology and Institute for Eastern European Studies, University of Cologne (Germany). Post-Doctoral Research on cultural revival in the Russian North and ethnological studies in the North in 19th - 20th centuries,

Additional affiliations

Member of Scientific Committee of the International Circumpolar Observatory, Observatorio Árctico and Antárctico de las Sociedades y Culturas der Sur y del Norte,  ICO

Editorial Advisor of Polar Record (Cambridge University Press)

Co-editor of Arctic and Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues

National Science Foundation, USA, expert, projects’ evaluation

Research Council of Norway, expert, projects’ evaluation

Alaska Sea Grant, expert, projects’ evaluation

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, University of Harvard, USA, expert

Selected publications/references

  • Crépin A.-S., Petrick S., Morgenroth, E., André M., Eide A., Hermansen Ø, Isaksen J., Lindahl T., Stammler-Gossmann A., Troell M. 2014. Indicators for sustainable seafood production. Stockholm: Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Beijer
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2013. Changing Barents Sea and coastal communities. Arctic Climate  Change Economy and Society Newsletter 5: 17-21
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2013. What is the North? Concept of space in Russia. Arctic XXI 1, (Northeastern Federal University of Yakutsk).
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2013. The ‘Svalbardianers’ community of Longyearbyen: Coming and going… and maybe coming back
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2013. Arctic anthropology of Arctic biology.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2013. Everything is northernmost here.  
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2013. My Rovaniemi. Heikkilä M. and Laukkanen, M. (eds).The Arctic calls: Finland, the European Union and the Arctic Region. Rovaniemi: Europe Information/Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 30-31.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2012. Chapter 4. The Big Water of a Small River: Flood Experiences and a Community Agenda for Change. Tennberg. M. (Ed.) Governing the Uncertain in the Arctic: Adaptation and Climate Change in Russia and Finland, pp.55-82.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2012. Chapter 6. ‘Winter-tyres-for-a-flower-bed’: Shuttle Trade on the Finnish-Russian Border. In: Bruns, B. and J. Miggelbrink (Eds.). Subverting Borders. Doing Research on Smuggling and Small-Scale Trade. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 225 – 247
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A., 2011. "Indigene Völker“: Wurzeln der russländischen Minderheitenpolitik. (Indigenous Peoples. The Historical Roots of Russian Minority Policy. Sapper, M., Weichsel, V., Humrich, C. (eds.). Logbuch Arktis. Der Raum, die Interessen und das Recht. (The Arctic Logbook. Environment, Economics, Politics). Berlin [=Osteuropa 2-3/2011], pp. 417-427. Download pdf.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2011. Re-bordering of the Russian North. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues 5: 97-114.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2011. Ilmastonmuutos haastaa (Challenges of the climate change). Lapin Kansa 339. December 15, p.15.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. Political animals of Sakha Yakutia. Stammler F., Takakura H. (Eds.) Good to eat, good to live with: Nomads and animals in Northern Eurasia and Africa. Sendai: Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku university, p. 153-178.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. 'Translating' vulnerability at the community level: Case study from the Russian North. Hovelsrud G.K., Smit B. (Eds.), Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions. Berlin:Springer, chapter 6, p.131-162.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. The Russian North as space of legislation. Ibánez del Acebo E., Gunnlaugsson H. (Eds). La circumpolaridad como fenómeno sociocultural. Pasado, presente, futuro. Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires, FCE, p. 11-25.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2010. Linking Arctic natural resources, environmental changes and economies: Fishery in the Murmansk region. DAMOCLES, IPY project, WP 5.5: Changing conditions in the Arctic Ocean. Final report of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2010. Contributing author to SWIPA (Sea, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic) assessment project: Chapter 5.3: Changes in sea-ice use by Arctic inhabitants
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2009. A life for an idea: Matthias Alexander Castren. Polar Record 45(234):193-206.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna  2009. Who is indigenous? Construction of ‘indigenousness’ in Russian legislation. International Community Law Review 11 (1), pp. 69-102.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2009. Negotiating the indigenous status in the Russian Federation. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues 3, 7-51.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2008. Enets. Modern Encyclopedia. Russian, Soviet & Eurasian History (SMERSH), 9, Gulf Breeze: Academic International Press, pp. 164-167.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2007. The challenge of human dimensions in climate change research. Cardinal D., Lipiatou E. (eds.) Polar environment and climate: the challenges. European research in the context of the International Polar Year. Brussels, EU, pp. 154-156
  • Stammler-Gossmann Anna 2007. Reshaping the North of Russia: towards a conception of space. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues. Vol 1, Nr.1, Buenos Aires: ICSI, pp.53-97.
  • Stammler-Gossmann Anna 2007. ”Северные измерения" России: концепция пространства. Pегиональное сообщество в период социальных трансформаций: Кольский Север, начало XXI века. Апатиты: Изд. Кольского научного центра РАН, С. 5-30.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2006. Top-down and bottom-up globalisation in the Russian North. Rantaniemi M., Kurtakko K., Norvapalo K.(eds.). Pieces from Peripheries and Centres. Rovaniemi: Lapland University, p.31-53.
  • Gossmann, Anna. 1999. Review of James Hughes ‘Stalinism in a Russian Province. Collectivization and Dekulakization in Siberia’. New York, 1997. Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, vol.47, Nr.2, S.293-294.
  • Gossmann, Anna 1998. ‚Cultural revival’ am Kältepol der Erde. Voran in die Vergangenheit. Cultural revival – moderne Traditionen. Infoemagazin, 13/1998. (‘Cultural revival’ on the coldest place on earth. ‘Ahead to the past’, cultural revival – modern traditions)
  • Gossmann, Anna 1997. Souveränität auf Jakutisch. Cologne: Bundesinstitut für Ostwissenschaftliche und Internationale Studien (Sovereignity in Yakutian)
  • Gossmann, Anna 1996. ’Mehrheit’ und ’Minderheit’ in der Republik Sacha (Jakutien). Kappeler A.(ed.) Regionalismus und Nationalismus in Rußland. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp.191-198. (’Majority’ and ’Minority’ in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia))



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