Sini Kantola

MSc.

PhD Candidate
Geography

Biography

In my work as a PhD candidate, I study what kind of possibilities people have an effect to land use planning, and how does public participatory geographic information systems –method (PPGIS) promote interactivity in sparsely populated Northern areas. I study the issue through the cases in Finnish Lapland. The research focus is on Northern environment and on the people living or visiting in the area or practicing their livelihoods there.

From my background I am a geographer and my studies have also included geographic information systems (GIS) and tourism geography. I do my doctoral thesis to the University of Oulu (Finland), Research Unit of Geography and I cooperate with Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) on my PhD. My another degree is a nature and wilderness guide so I have understanding of what tourism means in practice.

Research interests

  • Geography
  • Public participation geographic information systems (ppgis)
  • Participatory planning
  • Northern and Arctic Areas

Databases

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Researcher in a project: Natural Resources Institute Finland, Building Shared Knowledge Capital to Support Natural Resource Governance in the Northern Periphery
  • Researcher in a project: Natural Resources Institute Finland, Wellbeing from forest

Selected publications

  • Kantola, Sini; Uusitalo, Marja; Nivala, Vesa; Tuulentie, Seija (2018) Tourism resort users' participation in planning: Testing the public participation geographic information system method in Levi, Finnish Lapland. - Tourism management perspectives 27, 22-32 . [Original]
  • Marja Uusitalo, Seija Tuulentie, Sini Kantola, Esa Huhta, Vesa Nivala (2018) Polkuja luontoon – Levin kesäreittiverkoston kehittäminen käyttäjäkokemuksia ja ekologista tietoa yhdistäen. - Matkailututkimus Vol 14 (2), 7-23 . [Original]
  • Hagner, Marleena; Hallikainen, Ville; Huhta, Esa; Juhanoja, Sirkka; Kantola, Sini; Kaunismaa, Katja; Kotro, Jaana; Nivala, Vesa; Peltola, Rainer; Salo, Tapio; Tiilikkala, Kari;Tuhkanen, Eeva-Maria; Tuulentie, Seija; Tyrväinen, Liisa; Uusitalo, Marja; Vanhanen, Henri (2018) Voimametsät kesä-ja hyvinvointimatkailun kehittämisessä: Voimametsistä viherkattoihin-hankkeessa testattuja malleja luontoalueiden ja ekosysteemipalvelujen tuotteistamiseen. - Luonnonvara- ja biotalouden tutkimus 53/2018. Helsinki. 58 s.. [Original]
  • Markkula, Inkeri; Turunen, Minna T.; Kantola, Sini (2019) Traditional and local knowledge in land use planning: insights into the use of the Akwé: Kon Guidelines in Eanodat, Finnish Sápmi. - Ecology and society 24 (1), 20 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Kantola, Sini; Uusitalo, Marja (2017) Sosiaalisen paikkatiedon keruu hyvinvointimatkailun kehittämisessä ja matkailijoiden kiinnostus luonnontuotteisiin liittyviin palveluihin. (Artikkeli ammatillisessa konferenssijulkaisussa). - Luonnontuotealan valtakunnallinen tutkimusseminaari 2015. Peltola, Rainer. Luonnonvara- ja biotalouden tutkimus 22/2017. 33-36. [Original]
  • Kantola, Sini (2013) Paikkatiedon käyttö tietojohtamisessa ja päätöksenteossa Keski-Suomen ELY-keskuksessa. Pro gradu -työ. [Original]

Research visits

  • Fulbright scholar at 'Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute', USA
    1.10.2018 to 30.6.2019

    Affiliate member of the University of Montana, Department of Geography

    Research visit at University of Fairbanks, Alaska