Article: The Disposable Surplus—Notes on Waste, Reindeer and Biopolitics (2012)

The article examines the emergence of waste as an industrial category in the context of contemporary indigenous Sámi reindeer pastoralism and slaughter in northern Norway. In recent decades, commercially available substitutes and the industrial reorganization of slaughter have displaced traditional methods of extraction and utilization. As a result, the slaughtered reindeer body has been reorganized …

Article: Knives for the Slaughter—Notes on the reform and governance of indigenous reindeer slaughter in Norway (2012)

Drawing on historical records and ethnographic fieldwork, this article examines the history of the so-called curved knife, or krumkniv, as a window on the governance and regulation of indigenous Sámi reindeer slaughter in Norway. Originally developed by scientific activists in the 1920s, in the context of a series of experimental field trials held at a …

Article: Volunteers on the Political Anvil – Notes on citizenship and volunteer biodiversity monitoring in three postcommunist countries (2011)

The paper presents comparative ethnographic material on volunteer biodiversity monitoring from environmental organisations in three postcommunist countries: Poland, Slovenia, and Lithuania. The argument charts and discusses aspects of the heritage from socialism and communist rule in terms of their effect on the present-day running and operations of four case-study organisations in these countries, focusing particularly …

Chapter: Climate Change and Pastoral Flexibility (2010)

Climate change will likely affect the practice of pastoralism in the Sámi areas of Scandinavia severely. Winter temperatures may increase significantly, while changes in precipitation and wind will affect snow patterns. Traditional Sámi pastoralism is well adapted to handling rapid change in extreme and often unpredictable environments, and past responses to climatic variability may offer …

Report: Climate Policy Integration, Coherence and Governance (2009)

If societies are going to tackle climate change, significant changes in production processes as well as consumption patterns will be required. These changes cannot be achieved unless climate change is taken into account in the general and sector-specific policies essential for economic activities and general social development. In this report the degree of climate policy …

Chapter: Adapting to Climate Change in Reindeer Herding (2009)

The chapter discusses the role of nation-states and their systems of governance as sources of barriers and solutions to adaptation to climate change from the point of view of Saami reindeer herders. The Saami, inhabiting the northernmost areas of Fennoscandia, are one of more than twenty ethnic groups in the circumpolar Arctic that base their …

Article: What Counts? Volunteers and their organisations in the recording and monitoring of biodiversity (2008)

There is a pressing need for volunteer amateur naturalists to participate in data collection for biodiversity monitoring programmes in Europe. The present paper discusses the results from qualitative research using semi-structured interviews, focus groups and participant observation within nine monitoring organisations in Europe. The paper examines the features that facilitate recruitment, retention and motivations of …

Thesis: The Corral and the Slaughterhouse (2008)

The dissertation is a contribution to the ethnography of contemporary indigenous reindeer pastoralism in Norway: specifically, to the study of the neglected fields of reindeer killing and slaughtering practice. Its central contention is that in recent decades, the proliferation of human powers vested in the conduct of reindeer slaughter has created new conditions for practice, …