PhD, Research coordinator
My background is in natural sciences. I defended my PhD thesis, Kirsi Laakso: "Effects of ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) on needle anatomy and glutathione status of field-grown pines“ in 2000 at the Department of Biology, University of Oulu. Part of the doctoral work was conducted at the University of Maryland, USA.
At the present, the Arctic related projects and task include the University of Arctic Thematic Networks, where I am the Director of Thematic Networks. I have managed the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Networks since the beginning in 2005.
In addition to my work for UArctic and supporting the other research projects and proposal I am leading the transnational access work package in INTERACT (FP7, 2011-15) and a task on stakeholder consultations in a new EU-PolarNet project on Polar Research coordination (H2020, 2015-2019).
My previous project management includes Nordic Council of Ministers funded projects on Arctic education and PhD program on Health and Well-being as well as the EU funded project where I was one of the lead authors of the assessment report “Strategic Assessment of Development of the Arctic". The chapter on land use pressures has also resulted in other publications on the topic (including Arctic Yearbook 2014).
For main publications and expert tasks see Kirsi's page on the 'Oulun yliopisto tutkii' database.
Last updated: 4.7.2016