PhD Florian Stammler
Senior researcher (coordinator)
Florian has done research in many regions of the Russian North for the past10 years, and has ever since enjoyed the particularities of how life is organized in the post-Soviet space. He specializes in the processes of industrialisation and how it changes the face of the North. Of particular interest are the ever increasing activities around mineral resource extraction.
PhD Panu Itkonen
Panu got his PhD from the University of Helsinki in social and cultural anthropology with a thesis on cooperation and reciprocity in the Skolt Sami reindeer herding community of Sevettijärvi Northern Finland and the community’s relation to state administration. His research interest is directed to productive processes and human relations in the north.
PhD Candidate Lukas Allemann
Lukas holds a Master’s degree from the University of Basel (Switzerland) in Eastern European History and Russian Language and Literature. During his studies Lukas specialised in oral history, and his Master’s thesis is an oral history-based inquiry into the change of the life conditions of the Sámi living on the Kola Peninsula during the 20th century. After his graduation Lukas worked as an Embassy translator and interpreter in Moscow.
ORHELIA Project in spring 2013. He specialises on the Kola Peninsula field site, and within this project he plans to complete an article-based PhD Thesis.
PhD Nina Meschtyb
Nina Meschtyb got her phD from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology.
She has extensive fieldwork experience in Russia, among
European and Yamal Nenets reindeer herders, and also in Murmansk and
Amur regions. Her main interests are in postsocialist transformation,
gender in the tundra, cultural impacts of industrialisation, and
relations of people to their authorities. She is also an excellent field
photographer and has contributed to exhibitions on- and offline
In ORHELIA she will worked with Kola Sami on their perception
of and relations to the Soviet and post Soviet state through oral
history and biographic interview analysis.
Email: meschtyb(at)mail.ru, phone: +358404844078
PhD Stephan Dudeck
Stephan got his phD from the University of Leipzig with a thesis on
public and private spheres among the West Siberian Khanty under the
impact of large scale oil extraction. He has been working in the Russian
North since the early 1990s and has also field experience in post
Soviet Central Asia. His main interests are in the analysis of privacy
and intimacy, the theory of hiding and exhibiting, taiga reindeer
herding, and the impacts of extractive industries in the Russian North.He works in the ORHELIA project on the relations between states and their northernmost residents with a focus on the European Nentsy.
email: email@example.com, phone: +358404844079
PhD Anna Stammler-Gosmann
Anna has specialised in Arctic anthropology since 1995, particularly the Russian North (North West Russia, West and North East Siberia) and Fennoscandia. Her interests lie in the assessment of impact of climate change on human activities in the North such as fisheries, shipping, oil- and gas extraction, tourism; sustainable development, arctic individual and collective identities, (North and spatial identity), relations between indigenous people and incoming populations, centre-periphery relations in Russia, legal dimensions of indigeneity, cross-border relations.
PhD Nuccio Mazzulo
Nuccio got his PhD from the University of Manchester in Social Anthropology with a thesis on perception of landscape and concepts of space among Sami people in Northeastern Finland, where his regional specialization lies; in particular he has done fieldwork with Sámi reindeer herders in Sallivaara Reindeeer Association. The research focused on people’s relations with the landscape and on its influence in fashioning their sense of identity. More general issues of perception of the landscape, place and mobility play a prominent role in the research.
PhD candidate Roza Laptander
Roza has gotten her PhD from Saint-Petersburg Institute of the Northern People, Russian Federation. Spheres of her research lie on sociolinguistics, Nenets language and Nenets speaking societies, ethnography, linguistic anthropology, socio-cultural changes, multicultural and language contacts.
She did her field work mostly in Yamal peninsular among Tundra Nenets reindeer herders. She has several publications about Nenets language.
In ORHELIA project she does her part of the work about Nenets reindeer herders in the Yamal Peninsula, their traditional knowledge and oral history about the past and Nenets reaction to present life in conditions of intensive development and industrialization of their traditional territories.
tel. +358 404844077
PhD Candidate Rudolf Havelka
Rudolf has got his masters in religious studies and
archaeology from Brno, Czech Republic. He is interested in cognitive
anthropology and the link between archaeology, anthropology and ecoloy
for understanding sacred landscapes of Siberia. In his phD research, his
goal is to develop an explanatory theory and research method of the
function of places with religious symbolism (such as „natural“
sanctuaries, offering places, burial grounds, gathering places etc.) in
the processes of transmission of socio-religious representations.
Fieldwork is scheduled in Siberia among the Forest Nentsy, a
semi-nomadic group of hunters and herders on the northern fringes of the
Taiga in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets autonomous regions in Russia.
Guest Researchers & Interns
Katrina got her Bachelor in anthropology from Latvia and has been working with us in the ORHELIA project intensively for the outreach component. She has also worked with transcribing and translating Russian to English language materials from that project, coordinated the anthropology team’s meetings, and served as a crucial link between our project ORHELIA and the RISES and HUMANOR project coordinated by Bruce Forbes.
She has been doing fieldwork and conference meetings in the Russian European Nenets Autnomous Okrug and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Siberia.
- Elena Nuykina 2007-2010
- Alla Bolotova 2006-2010
- Leon Fuchs 2015
- William Davies 2013
- Minka Labba 2012
- Berit Wahlers 2012
- Paul Robert Burgess 2012
- Anne-Marie Lapointe 2011
- Trevelyan Wing 2011
- Natalia Bochkareva 2011
- Jacinthe Racine 2010
- Anna Maria Manz 2010
- Simona Mertic 2009
- Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi
- Lydia Heikkilä
- Carol Brown-Leonardi