Kukka Ranta Photo: Laura Karlin

Kukka Ranta

Junior Researcher, advisor, nonfiction author, journalist, photographer


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I work as a doctoral researcher at the University of Lapland with a grant from the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation. As a junior researcher, I teach Introduction to Sámi and Indigenous Studies.

Also, I work as a Sámi rights advisor at the Amnesty International Finnish section and as a researcher in the joint Just Transition in Sápmi project of the Amnesty International Finland, Sweden, and Norway sections and the Sámi Council. I am a research member of Puistokatu 4 - a space for science and hope. I also occasionally work as a freelance journalist and photographer.

With my doctoral dissertation, I find out what kind of challenges the "green" energy transition means for the Sámi: How the industrial land use plans accelerated by the energy transition take into account the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Indigenous Peoples, and what the neglect of the FPIC tells about assimilating social structures in Finland from the perspective of settler colonialism.

The indigenous people Sámi have multiple burdens to carry. Over the past centuries, every generation and region in traditional Sámi Territories has had its own experiences of forced assimilation and loss of lands. Current generations are still trying to adapt their culture to the environmental changes of the past, but at the same time have to face new challenges brought by climate change.

With my research, I aim to make assimilating social structures visible, and to promote the realization of the Sami 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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Sciences, Other or Unknown Field, Valtiotieteen maisteri, kehitysmaatutkimus, University of Helsinki

1 Aug 201031 Dec 2013

Award Date: 18 Dec 2013

Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Helsinki

1 Aug 200331 Jul 2010

Award Date: 17 Feb 2009

External positions

Advisor, Amnesty International Suomen osasto ry

Mar 2023Mar 2024

Field of science

  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political science


  • Indigenous Studies
  • Sami research
  • Colonialism
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Assimilation
  • Green Transition
  • Just Transition


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