Dec 9, 2023: Interview in the Finnish Newspaper Lapin Kansa

Exterior of a family house in Lapland, surrounded by a forest covered in snow.
Photo by Ria-Maria Adams.

The Finnish regional newspaper Lapin Kansa recently featured an interview with our team member Ria-Maria Adams, in its weekend edition. The interview focused on her work with young people in Lapland, which is part of her forthcoming doctoral thesis. Ria-Maria’s dissertation includes the case of young rural “stayers,” who are bucking the prevailing culture of leaving their hometowns to live in more urban areas of the country.

In collaboration with her colleague from the University of Lapland, Teresa Komu, Ria-Maria has co-authored two publications (a book chapter and a research article, both released in 2021) on the well-being of young people in Finnish Lapland. Journalist Niina Lavia builds on these articles in her interview with Ria-Maria, highlighting the voices of local young people. The interviewees talk about the building blocks of what makes a good life for them, as well as the challenges they face. For example, while long distances are not a problem for young people in the North who are used to commuting long distances, the rising fuel prices emerge as a challenge to pursue their lifestyle in the Arctic. The article “He jotka jäävät” (Those who stay) can be read in Finnish behind a paywall at the following link.

Logo of the EASA 2024 Conference in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2024: InfraNorth’s Participation at EASA 2024 Conference in Barcelona

InfraNorth team members will participate in the EASA Biennial Conference. With the theme “Doing and Undoing with Anthropology,” the event will take place at the University of Barcelona (July 23 – 26, 2024). Philipp Budka and Katrin Schmid, along with Raphael Deberdt from the Colorado School of Mines and Jolynna Sinanan from the University of […]

Listen to Episode 6, Season 2 of the “Borders & Belonging” podcast hosted by the CERC in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Jan 31, 2024: Timothy Heleniak on the “Borders & Belonging” Podcast

Timothy Heleniak has been featured on the “Borders & Belonging” podcast (Episode 6, Season 2), hosted by Maggie Perzyna, a researcher with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University. During the podcast, he highlighted the InfraNorth project and talked about his fieldwork in the Faroe Islands, when asked about the […]

Arctic Frontiers 2024 Conference in Tromsø, Norway.

Jan 31, 2024: Presentation by Ria-Maria Adams at the Arctic Frontiers 2024 Conference

Ria-Maria Adams will participate in the Arctic Frontiers 2024: Action & Reactions conference in Tromsø, Norway (Jan 29 – Feb 01, 2024). Her presentation “Young, Rural Stayers in Finnish Lapland: Decision-Making, Infrastructures & Wellbeing” will be part of the panel Empowering Arctic Citizens for Involvement in Decision-Making. Part 3, on Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 (11:30 […]

Elena Davydova

Jan 25, 2024: The Doctoral School Approves Elena Davydova’s Dissertation Project

Elena Davydova’s doctoral dissertation project has been approved by the advisory board of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS), University of Vienna, after a successful Fakultätsöffentliche Präsentation. In this public presentation of PhD thesis projects, candidates present their research proposals and their related ethical considerations to the faculty staff. It is an important […]

Alexandra Meyer

Jan 25, 2024: Alexandra Meyer Successfully Defends Her Doctoral Dissertation

Alexandra Meyer has successfully defended her PhD thesis “Arctic Change: An Ethnography of Entangled Climatic and Societal Transformations in Longyearbyen, Svalbard” at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her thesis addresses how people in Longyearbyen, Svalbard perceive, live with, and adapt to entangled socio-economic and climatic change change. The research was […]