University Researcher/Coordinator of the Arctic Studies Programme at the University of Lapland
Anna has specialised in Arctic anthropology since 1995. Her research interests lie in polar communities studies, focusing on how different forms of knowledge become entangled in negotiations for legitimacy. She explores the ways communities across the Arctic and Sub-Antarctic (Patagonia; Argentina) embed themselves into the context of societal and environmental changes. Within this field, she investigates the ways of 'translating' theoretical paradigms (sustainability, resilience, circularity) applied in different economic sectors (reindeer herding, fisheries, cow breeding, tourism, and waste utilisation). In the anthropology of disaster (flooding, accidents on ice, invasive species), her research focuses on the different frameworks at play in perceiving and experiencing disastrous events and how ‘troubled’ property of a place is sensed through various forces and encounters between people and the environment. In her study on cold, she analyses multiple uses of cold as a physical conduit of economic realms and cultural and emotional states of being.
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