The position “Cultural histories and traditional knowledge of resource use” will strengthen the ArcI research area Human-environmental relationship. The research covers expertise in Sámi culture and language, archaeology, history and human geography. This includes information on long-term changes in the ways people have lived in the Arctic and used the Arctic natural resources. Research on the history and current practices of extraction of natural resources and other industries in the Arctic has pioneered in understanding the cultural implications and ongoing colonial legacy of mining industry in Lapland. The research provides understanding on social and cultural effects of transformations of reindeer herding practices, as well as building sustainable reindeer herding to cope with changing environment and climate. In Sámi cultural studies the main research themes have been recent history of ethnic relations in the Sámi area, indigenous concepts of cultural environment, and modern Sámi identity reflected in politics, media and art. Tourism research perspectives focus on regional development, sustainability and adaptation to changing environment.
The research in “Cultural histories and traditional knowledge of resource use” Examine cultural histories and traditional environmental knowledge of natural resource use by using past records and data mining methods to identify key cultural conceptions and practices that are focal to local communities to adapt to changing environmental condition and affect how the environment and its resources are used and understood. The position will be based at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu.