Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi


Postdoctoral Researcher
Cultural anthropology


Juvvá Lemet

I am a Saami researcher from Enontekiö, North Finland. I am a member of a reindeer Saami family. My research and professional interests are focused on Saami culture, language and livelihoods, environment, biodiversity, Arctic area, Climate Change and protection of traditional knowledge. During my professional history I have looked in to Saami Culture from various different aspects: as a Saami, as a politician, as a linguist, as a cultural anthropologist, as an administrator and as an association actor. This knowledge and understanding of the role of indigenous cultures in society, politics, and international law and in changing climate is unique.

I’ve been working seven years as the president of Finnish Saami parliament, which is highest political organ of the Saami people in Finland. During my post I have especially worked on matters concerning environmental protection, biodiversity, Arctic cooperation, Climate Change and protection of traditional knowledge of the Saami. I used latest scientific information on my work and adapted the scientific information to my professional work, to public presentations and statements.

Research interests

  • climate change
  • arctic research
  • nomadic reindeer husbandry
  • Saami culture & language
  • adaptation
  • cultural change
  • environmental perception
  • landscape memory
  • intaglible cultural heritage

Selected positions of trust

  • Expert, Committee on implementation of Biodiversity Convention’s Article 8(j) in Finland 2018- 
  • President of Saami Values Organisation (Sámi Árvvut) 2015-
  • One of the first signatories of Arctic Declaration (www.arcticdeclaration.org)   
  • Member of the National Biodiversity Committee 2008‒2015  
  • Chairman of the Committee on implementation of Biodiversity Convention’s Article 8(j) in Finland (2009–2011 and 2013-2015)  
  • Member of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development 2008 - 2015  
  • Member of Human Rights Delegation 2012-2015  
  • Member of Saami parliament of Finland 2008–2015  
  • Member of the National Working Group on implementation of Nagoya Protocol 2013-2014
  • Member of national expert working group on international biodiversity issues 2012-2015
  • Member of Expert Group on intangible cultural heritage, 2014-2015.   
  • Saami Parliamentary Council, president 2009-2010, member 2008, 2011-2015  
  • Member of Arctic Delegation 2010-2013  
  • Member of the Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians 2009-2011  
  • Expert on negotiations for the establishment of new government of Finland in 2011


  • cultural anthropology
  • ethnography
  • field work
  • indigenous studies
  • climate change, cultural change
  • Saami language and culture
  • intangible cultural heritage
  • reindeer herding
  • cultural geography
  • qualitative research
  • cartographic analysis
  • interaction between research, scientific and political communities.


Scientific merits

Research groups

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Co-PI of the SAAMI project, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)

Selected publications

  • Lazaridis, Iosif; Patterson, Nick; Mittnik, Alissa; Renaud, Gabriel; Mallick, Swapan; Kirsanow, Karola; Sudmant, Peter H.; Schraiber, Joshua G.; Castellano, Sergi; Lipson, Mark; Berger, Bonnie; Economou, Christos; Bollongino, Ruth; Fu, Qiaomei; Bos, Kirsten I.; Nordenfelt, Susanne; Li, Heng; de Filippo, Cesare; Pruefer, Kay; Sawyer, Susanna (2014) Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. - Nature 513 (7518), 409-413 . [Original]
  • Tennberg, M.; Emelyanova, A.; Eriksen, H.; Haapala, J.; Hannukkala, A.; Jaakkola, J. J. K.; Jouttijärvi, T.; Jylhä, K.; Kauppi, S.; Kietäväinen, A.; Korhonen, H.; Korhonen, M.; Luomaranta, A.; Magga, R.; Mettiäinen, I.; Näkkäläjärvi, K.; Pilli-Sihvola, K.; Rautio, A.; Silvo, K. (2017) Barentsin alue muuttuu : miten Suomi sopeutuu?. - Valtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminnan julkaisusarja 31/2017. Helsinki. [Original]
  • Jaakkola, J.J.K.; Juntunen, S.; Näkkäläjärvi, K. (2018) The Holistic Effects of Climate Change on the Culture, Well-Being, and Health of the Saami, the Only Indigenous People in the European Union. - Current environmental health reports 5 (4), 401-417 . [Original] [Self-archived]


ARAHAT reindeer

Climate Change and the Saami people (ARAHAT)

The climate change adaptation of Saami people and the development of holistic indicators to study and monitor Saami well-being and influenc