Hannu I. Heikkinen became the professor and chair of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oulu on August 1, 2011. Previously he had been appointed a Docent of Environmental and Applied Anthropology at the University of Oulu and worked in the University's Thule Institute in diverse of inter- and transdisciplinary projects. He has also worked in the Finland Futures Research Centre in the Turku School of Economics, Laboratory of Environmental Protection at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finnish Forest Research Institute, and different museums. Heikkinen was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona in the Department of Geography and Regional Development in 2006. He defended his cultural anthropological doctoral dissertation about the adaptation of reindeer herding to the postindustrial world at the University of Oulu in 2002.
Ethnographically, Heikkinen has focused on northern societies and indigenous cultures and particularly environmental topics. His theoretic interests lie in ecological, political and cognitive theories.
Last updated: 25.6.2019