KAISA VAINIO

Early Stage Researcher

PhD. student in the Department of Forest Sciences

MA in Cultural Anthropology

Coordinator of the SOBIO network at UEF on social scientific bioeconomy focused research.

Coordinator of the human-forest relations..

I'm doing my PhD study in the Trees near us-project, which studies the relations between humans and trees. I examine the personal affection humans have for individual trees and cultural relationship with trees. In my study I cover tree-relationships from several angles, such as nature-connectivity, ownership, memories, sensoral experiences, care, connections to previous generations, spirituality and Finnish forest-relationship.

Research interests:
- Cultural studies of environment
- Sosiocultural bioeconomy research
- Arctic Studies
- Cross-Border cooperation and cultural exchange (Finland-Russia)