Uliana Vinokurova is a Director of the Centre of Circumpolar Civilisation and a Professor of the Arctic Academy of Science, Arctic State Institute of Art and Culture in Yakutsk, Russia. She holds PhD in sociology and psychology, and is an author of more than 400 publications. She is an author of the scientific discovery “The phenomenon of existence of the Arctic circumpolar civilisation”, revealing the bases of resilience in the Arctic, the specificities of polar cattle breeding, and mutual assistance as a universal law of relationships in natural environment.
Uliana grew up in a rural area and her father was the chairman of the collective farm. She has worked as a cattle-breeder in her younger years, so she knows agricultural work since her childhood. She has participated in the creation of several regional legal documents, concerning agricultural sector. She is one of the co-authors of the laws of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) "On the Protection and Use of the Gene Pool of the Yakut Cattle", "On Rural Education", "On the Nomadic Family", etc.
Recently, she has been actively involved in the preservation of sacred places, human resilience in conditions of global climate change and industrial development. Her particular research interests are the issues of Arctic pastoralism with the focus on local animal breeds and food practices in the cold climate.