Research Professor (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.
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.
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 worked in the ORHELIA project on the relations between states and their northernmost residents with a focus on the European Nentsy.
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.
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.
Anna has specialized in Arctic anthropology since 1995. Her fieldwork to date has been in different Arctic regions of Fennoscandia, Russian North and Northern Canada, although she has developing interests in the South of Argentina (Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia). Her research interests include social life of climate change models (Arctic coastal communities, fisheries/aquaculture/tourism sectors, anthropology of seawater), community sustainability, and anthropology of disaster (flooding), concept of indigeneity, space and place, cross-border relations, food and migration studies.
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 internationally. 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: +3584048
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.
Rudolf 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 in the processes of transmission of socio-religious representations. Fieldwork is scheduled in Siberia in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets autonomous regions in Russia.
Guest Researchers & Interns
- 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