Professors Kamrul Hossain, Timo Jokela and Tuija Turunen are appointed as the UArctic Chairs for the next five years in Arctic legal research and education, Arctic art, design and culture and Education for social justice and diversity.
UArctic Chairs are highly qualified academics who serve as academic drivers in a broad area of relevance to the Arctic. They implement and drive collaborative actions in research and education among UArctic members and thematic networks and build partnerships with the broader Arctic community.
Professor Timo Jokela is appointed as the UArctic Chair in Arctic Art, Design and Culture. He is professor of art education and former dean (2008-2017) of the Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland. Jokela is a leader of UArctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Art and Design (ASAD) since 2012. His theoretical academic studies and art-based research focus on relationship between Arctic cultures, arts and nature. He has been responsible for several research projects, where participatory new genre Arctic art has been studied in the contexts of decolonization, revitalization, and cultural and social sustainability.
Professor Kamrul Hossain is appointed as the UArctic Chair in Arctic Legal Research and Education. He is a research professor and the director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) at the Arctic Centre and an adjunct professor of public international law at the University of Lapland. Hossain is also the leader of the UArctic's Thematic Network on Arctic Law. His research focus currently lies broadly in international environmental law and human rights law, particularly concerning the indigenous peoples' rights that apply to the Arctic.
Professor Tuija Turunen is appointed as the UArctic Chair in Education for Social Justice and Diversity. She is professor of teacher education and holds a position of dean at the Faculty of Education, University of Lapland. Turunen leads the UArctic and the UNESCO/UNITWIN networks on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity. Her current research interests focus on teacher education, indigenous education, professional development in higher education, educational transitions, multi-professional work in schools, and preventative school welfare work.
The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North.
More information on UArctic Chairs here.
Timo Jokela, Professor
Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland
Kamrul Hossain, Research Professor
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Tuija Turunen, Professor
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland