My research revolves around the management of natural resources in boreal landscapes, where different actors have different priorities. This includes in particular the interaction between reindeer husbandry and forestry.
My research revolves around the interactions between nature and people, i.e. social-ecological systems. This framework emphasizes that people shape their natural environment according to their needs and desires, as well as the dynamics of the natural environment affect the behavior of people.
Therefore, I strive at integrating natural science and social science approaches in my research.
In particular, I am focusing on reindeer husbandry in Fennoscandia, and the interactions that couple this indigenous livelihood to its natural and social environment.
My current research is part of the co-Nordic program "ReiGN – Reindeer husbandry in a Globalizing North".
I am exploring what kind of tipping points (ecological, economic, social, cultural ...) might exist for reindeer husbandry, and into what state the livelihood might change, once these tipping points are crossed. This includes participatory research in collaboration with reindeer herders.
Further, I analyze into what state formerly lichen-dominated forests, the primary winter grazing grounds for reindeer, have changed as a result of forestry practices.
I was employed in the Nordic Center of Excellence TUNDRA, with researchers involved from Norway, Sweden and Finland, at Turku University, Finland (2013 - 2016). The project (http://www.utu.fi/en/sites/tundra/Pages/home.aspx) analyzed the consequences of biotic, abiotic and social drivers on the option to preserve the Fennoscandian tundra in a warming climate. I was involved in research on how Sámi reindeer herders perceive the current tree line dynamics and the implication thereof for their livelihood.
During my PhD at Umeå University (2008 – 2013), I investigated the interactions between reindeer husbandry and forestry in Sweden. I highlighted the importance of landscape diversity at several scales in the boreal forest, to increase the options for reindeer foraging in the boreal forest during wintertime. Supervised by Jon Moen and Camilla Sandström.Close