The project team consists of the following persons.
Dr. Soc. Sci. Nina Tynkkynen has her background in environmental social science. She is an Associate Professor under the profiling area ‘The Sea’ at Åbo Akademi University. She is also an adjunct professor (docent) in environmental policy at the University of Helsinki. Tynkkynen has studied the environmental governance of the Baltic Sea, science-policy interaction in marine protection as well as cultural and social meanings of water. She has ca. 25 international peer-review publications on the topic. Tynkkynen is the PI of the project and takes care of all coordination.
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Dr. Savitri Jetoo is an Adjunct Professor (Docent) employed under the profiling area ‘The Sea’ at Åbo Akademi University. She completed her doctorate at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research focuses on comparative water governance of large water bodies such as the Baltic Sea and the North American Great Lakes. In this project, she examines stakeholder participation in environmental policy.
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Ph.D. / M.Ed Jaana Kouri is a researcher of the study of religion. Her research area is the environmental heritage related to the sea and coastal areas as lived and experienced environments. She explores the ways in which people observe their environment and changes in nature and adapt to different climatic conditions. She studies the habits, traditions, and interpretations regarding this observation. Her research data consists of workshop materials, interviews, and water-related mythic and folklore material. She is organizing workshops to produce up-to-date data, focusing e.g. in creative writing, future research or shamanistic methods, together with other researches, stakeholders and practitioners in the field.
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Silja Laine is a cultural historian specialized in urban cultural history, built environment and cultural landscapes. She is interested in the ways people have engaged with their environment and how they have written and described their experiences. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural history at the University of Turku in 2011. After that, she has worked as a senior lecturer in landscape studies and as a post-doctoral researcher in landscape architecture in the Aalto University. In SEAHER, she is interested in the cultural history of seasons. She is reading diaries, letters, and novels in order to understand how people have interpreted weather, environment and seasonal change in their lives.
Dr. Otto Latva is a historian, specialized in human-animal studies and the ways in which people of the past perceived the sea environment. Latva has published several writings on the historical relationship between humans and sea animal, and the ways in which the underwater environment has been perceived in history. In this project, Latva will explore the changes in the shared past between humans and the Baltic fauna and flora. Latva’s primary objective is to explore how people have understood the disappearance of marine species and the arrival of new species in the Baltic Sea.
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Dr. Tuomas Räsänen specializes in environmental history. He is an Assistant Professor under the profiling area ‘The Sea and the Maritime Studies’ at the University of Turku. Räsänen has studied the history of environmentalism, the history of marine sciences and the history of the Baltic Sea environmental diplomacy. In this project, Räsänen focuses on scientific ideas about the impacts of the changing climate on the Baltic marine ecosystem.
Kirsi Sonck-Rautio is an ethnologist and cultural anthropologist, specialized in environmental anthropology. Her work has concentrated on the resilience of marine communities, especially fisheries. Her special interests are local ecological knowledge, political ecology, and cultural sustainability. She will complete her Ph.D. in 2019. Within this project, Sonck-Rautio will examine the environmental heritage of people practicing their livelihood in the Archipelago, how the impacts of climate change are affecting their everyday lives and how these changes are perceived and interpreted.
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