Hannu I. Heikkinen

PhD, Docent
Professor of cultural anthropology
Cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology

History, Culture and Communication Studies
Faculty of Humanities

Hannu I. Heikkinen 2020

Prof. Hannu I. Heikkinen is professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oulu. His current research focuses on how human-environment relations and overall wellbeing and sustainability are mediated by culture and technology, particularly in Arctic and Northern societies. He is especially interested in participatory approaches, citizen science, resource rights and environmental justice. A Docent in Environmental and Applied Anthropology, he has led and been involved in multiple transdisciplinary projects, and has previously worked across a number of institutions, including the Thule Institute, the Arctic Centre, the Finland Futures Research Centre (Turku School of Economics), the Laboratory of Environmental Protection (Helsinki University of Technology) and Finnish Forests Research Institute (Metla). He has published 45 peer-reviewed articles and one monograph (published doctoral thesis); his publications total 97. He has supervised 13 doctoral dissertations and some 75 master’s theses. Heikkinen was a workgroup leader in the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities’ (REXSAC).

Research interests

  • New Partnership : Empowering Rural Communities to Act for Change - RURACTIVE, Horizon Europe. https://www.ruractive.eu/
  • Female-Led Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas (FLIARA) 2023-2025. Horizon Europe partnership https://fliara.eu/
  • Co-planning of land use sector climate change mitigation in the Kiiminkijoki river catchment (MATKI) 2022-2024. Partners: Natural Resources Insitute Finland, the University of Oulu, and the Forest Centre Finland. https://www.luke.fi/en/projects/matki
  • Biodiverse anthropocene (Profi6) HUB4 Envisioning Sustainability. Co-leader https://www.oulu.fi/en/biodiverse-anthropocenes

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Hannu I. Heikkinen 2020

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Faculty of Humanities
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FIN90014 University of Oulu