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The doctoral programme Northern cultures and natural resource politics is distinguished by the dependence of the northern and Arctic regions on their natural resources and conditions while the global interest towards exploiting natural resources in the economy carries on. Our most prominent themes are justice from the viewpoints of present and future generations and sustainable development as well as questions of political and societal decision-making:
• reconciliation of livelihoods, such as tourism and mining
• well-being politics
• regulation and justice
• the Sámi culture and local communities
• international and national politics
• financial decision-making
• culture and art
• nature education
• environment-related conflicts and solving them
• assessment of environmental, social and cultural impacts.
As our doctoral candidate you develop an in-depth understanding of the phenomena within northern cultures and natural resource politics while becoming more aware of their complexity and multidisciplinary character. You become able to independently and critically apply multidisciplinary methods to create new scientific information. In your dissertation, you will profoundly explore a topic within the programme’s themes from one or more viewpoints.
On your doctoral path, you will become able to independently and critically apply multidisciplinary methods and approaches to academic challenges in order to create new scientific information. We welcome doctoral candidates with varying academic backgrounds into our multidisciplinary doctoral programme. To be eligible to apply, you should have a master's degree or equivalent.
Our courses in 2017–2018
Our doctoral programme offers
• a diverse set of skills for working in demanding research and expert positions focused on northern cultures and natural resource politics
• a high-level and wide scope of understanding in multidisciplinary questions pertaining to northern cultures and sustainable natural resource politics
• qualifications for career prospects in various sectors of the society both in Finland and abroad
• skills to work within these multidisciplinary phenomena by focusing on specific questions
Lecturers on our courses are internationally known experts in their fields.
The executive committee of our programme meets at least once in the spring term and once in the autumn term. The committee's tasks are to discuss course feedback and make adjustments to the thematic courses based on feedback, and to monitor the progress of junior researchers and status position holders. The executive committee supports the chair in implementing the chair’s tasks.
Voice: Ilari Nikula observes environmental discourse from a political viewpoint
Doctoral candidate Ilari Nikula conducts research on the political nature of environmental discourse. He is interested in the prevailing conception of the global environment and its socio-political implications.
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