Kukka Ranta

Doctoral researcher, nonfiction author, journalist, photographer


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The biggest environmental disaster of our era, climate change, is causing rapid changes in the northern regions. My doctoral dissertation examines colonialist actions in the Sámi homeland in the crossfire of various business interests, as well as Sámi Indigenous people's environmental awareness and activity as protectors of the Northern nature. I aim to make assimilating social structures visible and to promote the realization of indigenous peoples' rights and the Sámi people's right to self-determination in Finland.

2013 Master of Social Sciences, Development Studies, University of Helsinki
2009 Bachelor of Arts, General History, University of Helsinki

Field of science

  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political science


  • Indigenous Studies
  • Sami research
  • Colonialism
  • Settler Colonialism


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