SERM - Research Center for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining

Research group

SERM is a platform for the social scientific mining research focusing on the social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of mining industry, minerals and raw materials. SERM offers high quality research and education based on social scientific mining, minerals and material research. Our main fields are in environmental policy, social geography, geospatial studies, and law studies. Our themes are f. ex. experienced environmental and societal impacts of mining industry, social movements and activism, environmental and social impact assessments, conflict resolution, mining policy and legislation, policy instruments, community development, acceptance, attitudes, perceived risks, environmental justice, land-use, forms of governance, and paths to sustainability transition.
We support natural scientific and technological research and use of infrastructures by providing expertise on the social aspects of mining and materials, and the use of natural resources.

In addition to ongoing research, we actively discuss about the future possibilities, challenges, and needs for social scientific mining research especially about responsible and sustainable mining, and the role of mining in circular economy and sustainability transition. We also organize seminars and workshops and write popular texts.

Got interested? Please, contact the head of the SERM, adjunct professor Tuija Mononen, tuija.mononen(@) .


    SERM spring seminar -- new dates will be announced soon.

    New research projects -- more information soon.

Group members - UEF

Other group members

  • Anna-maija  Tuunainen
    Anna-maija Tuunainen
  • Arja Halinen
    Arja Halinen
  • Kennedy Adamson
    Kennedy Adamson
  • Tuuli Hyppänen
    Tuuli Hyppänen
  • Janne Mäkiranta
    Janne Mäkiranta
  • Robert Boutilier
    Robert Boutilier
  • Susanna Myllylä
    Susanna Myllylä

Cooperation partners