Understanding the Cultural Impacts and Issues of Lapland Mining: A Long-Term Perspective on Sustainable Mining Policies in the North

Project description

Mining and the exploitation of mineral resources in northern Fennoscandia (Lapland/Sápmi) are subject to many controversies and entangled with diverse broader issues, such as nature preservation and indigenous rights. The debates over mining largely reflect differing present-day interests in northern environments, but underlying those immediate concerns there are also more fundamental issues of conflicting worldviews and modes of perceiving and engaging with the environment. These deeper tensions date back to at least the 17th century and are associated with the colonial past of Lapland/Sápmi and its manifold cultural expressions and legacies. This international project will study the historical foundations of the current issues around Lapland mining and the complex cultural impacts of mining in a long-term and cross-disciplinary perspective.

Research group

  • Vesa-Pekka Herva, principal investigator
  • Risto Nurmi, researcher
  • Èlise Lépy, researcher
  • Simo Sarkki, researcher
  • Teresa Komu, doctoral student
  • Magdalena Naum, researcher, Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Carl-Gösta Ojala, researcher, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Jonas M. Nordin, researcher, Uppsala University (Sweden)

Project coordinator

University of Oulu


Élise Lépy