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Anu Lounela

  • PL 54 (Snellmaninkatu 14)

    00014

    Finland

20022022

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Description of research and teaching

Anu Lounela is an anthropologist, University researcher in Development Studies, and Principal Investigator in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Science, University of Helsinki.

Her post-doctoral research (2012-2014) paid special attention to social values, climate change and human-nature relations in the severely degraded swamp forest landscape that is prone to fires and floods, exploring how local populations negotiate and reason their claims in the dispute over climate change schemes across different scales.  Currently, she explores how human-nature relations and values evolve in tandem with environmental activities and changes. Her research on water and vulnerability explores transformations of waterscape and related forest fires, which degrade local forests and gardens and open space for new commodity regimes in Central Kalimantan. In relation to this topic, Lounela explores the state formation, commodification of nature and landscape production.

Currently, she is University researcher for the research project “Water and Vulnerability in Fragile Societies” (Academy of Finland, 2018-2022), and Principal Investigator for the research project “New regimes of commodification and state formation on the resource frontier of Southeast Asia” (Kone Foundation, 2018-2022).

Her research interests include social values, nature-people relations, water, fires, landscape, state formation, climate change, Central Kalimantan and Borneo, Java and Indonesia.

Her recent teaching includes courses and seminars:

Courses on anthropology of value (Antropologian tutkimusala I: talous ja vaihto) 2014 and 2015
Ethnography of performativity (Etnografiaseminaari I/II) 2014
Research Seminar on Politics of the Environment in the Global South (2014-2017)                                   
Introduction to Social Anthropology (Introduktion till socialantropologin) 2018                                  
Contemporary Southeast Asia - State Formation and Environmental Change, Asianet, 2018, 2020             
State Formation and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia(Antropologian tutkimusala, Regional focus on society and change) 2018  
Ympäristö ja Politiikka (Kehitysmaatutkimus) 2019

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Environment
  • Indonesia
  • Climate Change
  • State formation

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives

Lounela, A. (ed.), Berglund, E. K. (ed.) & Kallinen, T. P. (ed.), 2019, Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. 293 p. (Studia Fennica Anthropologica; vol. 2019, no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Erasing memories and commodifying futures within the Central Kalimantan landscape

Lounela, A. K., 2019, Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Lounela, A., Berglund, E. & Kallinen, T. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 53-73 21 p. 3. (Studia Fennica Anthropologica; vol. 2019, no. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Kansalaisyhteiskunnan muodostuminen Indonesiassa

Lounela, A. K., 3 May 2019, Kaakkois-Aasia: Talous, ympäristö ja yhteiskunta. Kettunen, E. (ed.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Landscape is not what it used to be: Anthropology and the politics of environmental change

Berglund, E. K., Lounela, A. K. & Kallinen, T. P., 2019, Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Lounela, A., Berglund, E. & Kallinen, T. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 8-32 25 p. 1. (Studia Fennica Anthropologica; vol. 2019, no. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / postscriptScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Morality, sharing and change among the Ngaju people in Central Kalimantan

Lounela, A. K., 2019, In : Hunter Gatherers Research. 3, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects

Water and vulnerability in fragile societies

Nygren, A., Lounela, A., Käkönen, M., Kummu, M. & Horton, A.

01/03/201827/12/2022

Project: Research project

Social and Cultural Anthropology (SCA)

Armstrong, K., Autio, P., Crentsil, P., Eräsaari, M., Gross, T., Herrmans, I., Härkönen, H., Kaartinen, T., Kallinen, T., Karttunen, M. L., Keisalo, M. P., Leppänen, A., Lounela, A., Martikainen, T., Mölkänen, J., Partanen, A., Pietilä, T., Siikala, J., Säävälä, M., Tammisto, T., Tenhunen, S., Tuominen, P., Uusihakala, K., Veisson, M., Wilenius, H. & Viljanen, A. M.

02/03/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Paikalliset arvot, järkeily ja ilmastonmuutoskiistat

Lounela, A.

01/09/201331/08/2016

Project: Research project

Activities

  • 46 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 8 Public Talks
  • 5 Academic visit to other institution
  • 2 Supervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Seminar in Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Anu Lounela (Attendee)
18 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Values in Anthropology, Values of Anthropology

Anu Lounela (Speaker: Chair), Kenneth Sillander (Speaker: Chair)
2 Dec 20195 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

The Australian National University

Anu Lounela (Visiting researcher)
9 Nov 20199 Dec 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Biennial Conference of The Finnish Anthropological Society:

Anu Lounela (Speaker: Chair)
5 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

2018 ASA Conference (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth)

Anu Kristiina Lounela (Speaker: Presenter)
20 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Ilmasto muuttaa kaiken

Anu Lounela

21/05/2015

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media