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Staff photo Åsa Össbo

Åsa Össbo

I am a researcher at Várdduo. My research intersts are social consequences of and conflicts over natural resource extraction, mainly hydropower production, in Indigenous peoples' areas.



Works at

YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I am a researcher at Várdduo. My current research project is called Damage Done and it studies Indigenous peoples' experiences of and recommendations for energy production, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency 2019-2022.

In 2014, I concluded my dissertation in history on Swedish Hydropower expansion in Sápmi and have since then worked as a lecturer at Sámi Dutkan - Sámi studies at the Language department for one year and worked as a research co-ordinator and Postdoctoral researcher at Várdduo. In addition to my current research, I am the convenor of the Forest Sámi research platform, a group of researchers and actors with an aim to rise the awareness of Forest Sámi reserach questions. In 2020, on the 100 years anniversary, the platform will re-publish the important Forest Sámi pampleth "Dat läh mijen situd" (Eng: This is our will) written by forest Sámi teacher and politician Karin Stenberg and author Valdemar Lindholm, the book will be accompanied by an anthology with articles on Karin Stenberg, Valdemar Lindholm and Forest Sámi issues.

My research intersts are Indigenous peoples' historical and contemporary land use with a certain focus on the Arctic, social consequences of and conflicts over natural resource extraction, mainly hydropower production, in Indigenous peoples' areas.


Norrländska Socialdemokraten
Sehlin MacNeil, Kristina; Svonni, Charlotta; Össbo, Åsa
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society 2018, Vol. 12, (2) : 63-80
Össbo, Åsa
Historielärarnas förenings årsskrift, Stockholm: Historielärarnas förening 2017 : 91-106
Össbo, Åsa
Samiska rötter: släktforska i svenska Sápmi, Solna: Sveriges Släktforskarförbund 2016 : 75-88
Lundström, Kjell-Åke; Silversparf, Agneta; Össbo, Åsa
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 1, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2015 : 162-179
Össbo, Åsa
Västerbottens-Kuriren, 20140703
Össbo, Åsa
Västerbottens Kuriren
Ledman, Anna-Lill; Brännlund, Isabelle; Löf, Annette; et al.
Löf, Annette; Andersson, Tore; Horstkotte, Tim; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of History, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell 2011, Vol. 36, (3) : 324-348
Össbo, Åsa; Lantto, Patrik

Research projects

1 November 2019 until 30 November 2022