The multidisciplinary research team focuses on issues concerning the Arctic, especially local indigenous and non-indigenous communities. The research themes are closely linked to sustainable development in the Arctic where people and their institutions and livelihoods face rapid and cumulative changes in their environment and in the societies surrounding them.
Indigenous and local peoples are also affected by many special legal questions. The team is especially interested and specialized in the ILO Convention No. 169 concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, the Draft Nordic Sámi Convention and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The team wish to contribute to the vitality of the North by conducting research related to traditional livelihoods and land rights, culture and language revitalization, children and youth as well as identity issues. Religion and arts, environmental security and comparative research is also conducted by the team members.
The research focus of the team lies in the heart of the strategic goals of the University of Lapland and the team members constitute of experts of their own fields.
The research team is led by University Researcher Tanja Joona.
Current research projects
Tanja Joona: The Definition of a Sami Person in Finland and its Application. In Christina Allard and Susann Funderud Skogvang (eds.) Indigenous Rights in Scandinavia, Autonomous Sami Law. Juris Diversitas, Ashgate 2015.