Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences

The focal areas of research in the Faculty of Social Sciences are
  • changing work and its management
  • northern politics, economy, and environment
  • from the margins of welfare toward participation and equity
  • construction, use, and management of information

The research is conducted by multidisciplinary research groups through cross-subject and cross-faculty cooperation. The research done in the faculty can be described as unprejudiced and critical – for example, psychology is combined with administrative science, working life studies with environmental studies, arts with business studies, information technology with social work, and cultural history with research on international politics.
The research is guided by two general themes: Northern communities and societal change and tourism as (socially, culturally, economically, and ecologically) sustainable activity.

Research on Northern communities and societal change is conducted at the LAPPEA Research Institute for the Study of Northern Society, and tourism research is conducted at the Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education.