Senior Researcher

I work as a senior researcher in environmental policy, and I have a title of docent in University of Lapland (sustainable natural resources policy). I have been involved in agri-food research in social sciences since 1994 and mining research since 2009, and I am a head of SERM (Reseach center for Socially and Environmentally responsible mining). My academic interest covers food issues (especially development, meanings and actors of organic production), food policy, food security, rural research and actor networks. In mining research my interests cover societal issues of mining industry, community experiences and impacts of mining.

I was a chair of the Finnish Society for Rural Researchers and Developers in 2008-2013, member of Finnish Rural Policy Committee in 2008-2011, member of National Rural Network in 2012-2013, and the member of the board of Finnish Society for Social Scientific Environmental research in 2014-2015.

I have been a member of Scientific Committee of Nordic conferences for Rural research since 2011 and a representative of Northern Europe in International Sociological Association’s RC 40 (Sociology of Food and Agriculture) in 2017-21.

In addition to refereed articles and edited books I have also written numerous popular texts and given interviews in national media. I am familiar with food, rural and mining research networks globally.

Contact info


Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies



+358 50 372 8627


Teaching Activities

• Head of Doctoral Program “Past, space and environment in society”, Univ. of Eastern Finland (
• Head of Research Centre for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining (SERM), Univ. of Eastern Finland (

• 6.11.2013 > Food and Society,e-lectures, advanced studies, responsible teacher and course planner
• 6.11.2013 > Food and Society, book exam, advanced studies, responsible teacher and course planner

Societal Activities

• International Sociological Association. Research Committee 40 (Agri-food studies). Invited representative of Northern Europe. 1st Jan 2017-31st Dec 2020.
• Nordic Ruralities-Nordic Conference for rural research. Invited member of the scient committee. 1st May 11>
• Nordic Conference for rural research. Head of the Scientific Committee of the forthcoming 6th Conference for rural research to be held in Eastern Finland in 13th-15th May 2020.
• Finnish Society for rural research and development. Head of the Board 1st Jan 2008-31st Dec 2013, secretary (99-07), treasurer (99-03), member of the board (99-07). Finnish Journal for rural research and development, member of the editorial board. 1st Jan 2003-31st Dec 2015.
• Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science. Member of the board. 1st Jan 2014-31st Dec 2015.
• Finnish Rural Policy Committee. Representative of rural researchers 4. 1st Jan 2008-30th Sept 2013.
• Finnish Rural Network. Member of the steering committee, rep. of rural researchers 1st Jan 2012-30th June 2014.

Research groups