New Phd: State Management & Traditional Knowledge in Reindeer Husbandry Management

May 19, 2016 • Philip Burgess

Ellen Inga TuriSámi scholar Ellen Inga Turi is defending her Phd on Friday, May 20 in Umeå, Sweden. Her work is groundbreaking and touches on the field of management, reindeer husbandry and traditional ecological knowledge.

The PhD is entitled “State Steering and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Reindeer Herding Governance: Cases from western Finnmark, Norway and Yamal, Russia”. Her Faculty Opponent is Professor Dietrich Soyez from the Department of Geography at University of Cologne, Germany. The thesis is part of the research project IPY EALÁT which has been coordinated by the Sami University of Applied Sciences and UArctic Ealát Institute within the International Reindeer Centre Husbandry in Kautokeino / Guovdageaidnu.

The area of investigation were in the Sami reindeer grazing area of West Finnmark in Norway and the Nenets reindeer grazing area in Yamal, Western Siberia, which are the largest reindeer herding areas in the world, both in terms of number of people and reindeer. In these areas there are certain similarities, but also major differences in terms such as political organization and management systems.

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EALLIN Lea Buorre! Short Video From Umeå Meeting

February 5, 2014 • Philip Burgess

A short video from the recent EALLIN workshop held in Umeå, Sweden.

EALLIN is the Arctic Council SDWG project about Reindeer Herding and Youth. EALLIN workshops took place in Russia (Kolymskoe, Saint-Petersburg, Yakutsk, Salekhard), Norway (Kautokeino), Sweden (Jokkmokk, Umeå), China (Aoluguya/Genhe, Inner Mongolia),  involving young reindeer herders, scientists and experts in the field of traditional knowledge, natural resources and environment, representatives of indigenous peoples, the executive and legislative authorities, NGOs and the media. The main purpose of the project is to maintain and further develop a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the Arctic, working towards a vision of creating a better life for circumpolar reindeer herdersThe project is working towards knowledge building and experience exchange in and between local reindeer herding societies in the Arctic, with the emphasis on youth.