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Dr. in sociology

Researcher in
Sustainable Development Research Group


  • hannah.strauss-mazzullo(at)
  • telephone: +358 (0)40 484 4249

Current research interest

Public participation in planning procedures, environmental impact assessment, energy projects in the circumpolar North, local and indigenous governance, legal studies


Hannah Strauss-Mazzullo earned an M.A. in Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Bielefeld (Germany, 2006) and an M.Sc. in Science and Technology Policy and Management at the University of Manchester (UK, 2006). In the academic year 2006/2007 she worked as teaching assistant at the University of Aberdeen (UK). During her PhD studies at Thule Institute at the University of Oulu (2007-2011) she also visited the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta (2009-2010, Canada). Her PhD studies focused on public participation in siting processes for large scale energy projects in Finland, with contextual examples from the circumpolar North. Hannah is currently preparing further research and teaching on this topic, extending her focus also to socio-legal studies.

Teaching in 2015 (register for courses in weboodi)

  • TUKO1198, Human-environment relations in the North
    This course will give an overview on themes in the study of human-environment relations in the North through the application of various social scientific paradigms. Starting from a regional viewpoint, students will examine aspects of contemporary society and gain an understanding of relevant issues currently debated in politics and academia. A variety of themes will be covered, ranging from the perception of the environment to social movement organisation to societal change more generally. Aspects of traditional livelihood, traditional knowledge and new engagements (tourism, extractive industries) with the environment will be discussed, as well as the growth of environmental movements, changing political agendas and the future of resource development in the sensitive environment of the Arctic.

  • TUKO1220, Sustainable natural resource policy
    This course will provide the students with an overview of societal discourses, political instruments and managerial practices intended to achieve sustainable resource use. After successful completion of the course, the student will be able to locate and reflect on common understandings in sustainable resource policy making, identify instruments and barriers to their application and have a thorough knowledge base on activities and roles of the Nordic countries. Current discourses over climate change mitigation increasingly depict frustration and disillusionment over what politics can actually do to save the environment. Since COP15 in 2009, policy makers as well as businesses and consumers reveal a more realistic understanding of the difficulties entailed in any attempt to coordinate sustainable resource use at the global level. This course will be looking at the complexities these high-level international meetings are facing, reflect on the discourses accompanying them and subsequently focus on different levels of policy making – primarily the European, and then the national and regional levels of the Nordic countries. We will be looking at regulation (“command and control” measures) as well as market-based instruments, technological paths and social movements striving for a green economy

Courses taught previously:

  • TUKO1198, Energy resource development and public participation in the circumpolar North YMEN1806, Introduction to scientific thinking and research practice
  • CSW1315, Qualitative Research Methods

  • Strauss, Hannah and Nuccio Mazzullo (2014) "Narratives, bureaucracies and indigenous legal orders: resource governance in Finnish Lapland". In: Richard C Powell and Klaus Dodds (eds) Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
  • Strauss, Hannah (2013) For the overall good of society: decision-making processes for energy projects in Finland. Nordia 41(5).
  • Strauss, Hannah (2012) Procedures for large scale energy projects: local communities and siting processes in the Arctic. Polar Journal 2 (3).
  • Strauss, Hannah (2011) For the Good of Society. Public participation in the siting of nuclear and hydro power projects in Finland. PhD thesis. Oulu: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Available for download at
  • Strauss, Hannah (2011) Legal talk in the conflict over a hydro power project in Finland. In: Mark Nuttall, Hannah Strauss and Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (eds) Society, Environment and Place in Northern Regions. Oulu: University of Oulu, Thule Institute.
  • Strauss, Hannah (2011) Visualising Nuclear Landscapes: Visual Simulation in the Licensing Procedure for Finnish Nuclear Facilities. In: Michael Schmidt, Vincent Onyango und Dmytro Palekhov (eds.) Implementing Environmental and Resource Management. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Strauss, Hannah (2010) Involving the Finnish public in nuclear facility licensing: participatory democracy and industrial bias. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 7(3).