Jasmiini Fransala (née Pylkkänen)

University of Oulu


Jasmiini Fransala (née Pylkkänen) is a REXSAC PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oulu. Her home, heart and work are all located in the circumpolar North. Prior to REXSAC she has, among other things, worked as a research assistant at Lund University in a project related to fossil fuel subsidies and climate change. Her previous studies are a combination of political science, development studies and business administration.

Jasmiini’s doctoral research zooms into past and present-day mining cases in Canada, Finland, Greenland and Sweden and offers insights into connections between mining, social justice, culture and environmental risk. With her current fieldwork (2018-2019) in the Kivalliq region, Nunavut, she focuses on women’s approaches and perspectives. Fundamentally, her PhD study deals with fairness in natural resource governance in arctic and sub-arctic regions. She enjoys working across disciplinary boundaries and beyond national borders, together with her REXSAC colleagues.

Her research is part of the research task 2 (Impacts of multiple pressures on Arctic landscapes and societies), and also relevant for research tasks 4 (Transnational companies, indigenous peoples – the politics of Arctic mining) and 5 (Affective economies: How are places, communities and identities constructed?).