Social Anthropologist, specialises in Arctic Anthropology, particularly the Russian Far North. Interests lie in the human role in reindeer herding systems, arctic economy, nomadism, indigenous knowledge, resource extraction and native populations, industrial migration, centre-periphery relations.
My research interests are in the anthropology of nomadic societies with a special focus on reindeer herders. Since my first research project I have been engaged in the study of reindeer herding, fishing and hunting peoples of Siberia, looking at their adaptations to social, economic, political and ecological change. My research tries to capture the dynamics of arctic societies from the points of view of the reindeer herders. However, indigenous peoples in the Russian North have never been the isolated subsistence herders or hunters as they are frequently portrayed in the media and popular accounts.
At the heart of my analyses lies the interaction between the nomadic and sedentary parts of the population. The interaction between reindeer herders and fishermen, oil-and gas workers, administrators and traders tells us about the nomads’ adaptability to the changing conditions of their surroundings. They also reveal the adaptability of the other side, labour migrants from the south to the arctic tundra.