Anthropology and Russian Northern Studies in Rovaniemi

Several of our group members in the anthropology research team have a strong background in Russian Northern Studies.
The Russian North covers half of the circumpolar Arctic Area, hosts more than 50% of the Arctic human population and immense reserves of natural resources. Anthropology as dealing with human cultures and livelihoods, and particular the processes of rapid social change in the Russian North, is important for the Arctic Centre with it’s circumpolar and interdisciplinary research mandate. Many of the anthropology research team's members have decade-long fieldwork experience and language skills in the Russian North, in most regions from the Kola area neighbouring Finnish Lapland to Kamtchatka in the Russian Far East.

The field sites in Russia that we know best are Murmansk region, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Khanty-Mansiiskii Autonomous Okrug, and Sakha/Yakutia. Our team has studied in all those regions the diversity of human-animal relations, as expressed in reindeer herding livelihoods, nomadism, oral history, indigenous knowledge, arctic economy, resource extraction, industrial migration, sense of place, the philosophy of the North, and centre-periphery relations.

For more information please see the list of current and past projects.