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Jelena Johanna Salmi

  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)




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Research interests

Jelena Salmi is an anthropologist focused on urban development and environmental degradation in contemporary India. She earned her Ph.D. in ethnology and anthropology from the University of Jyväskylä in 2019. In her Ph.D. work, she explored relations between the state and resettled slum-dwellers in the context of large-scale urban development projects in Ahmedabad.

Salmi currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the research project Sustainable Livelihoods and Politics at the Margins: Environmental Displacement in South Asia funded by the Academy of Finland. Her research explores the climate change-human mobility nexus with an ethnographic focus on Koli fishing communities living in Madh Island in northern Mumbai. She analyzes how Koli fishers perceive environmental changes and how they devise strategies of adaptation and alternative livelihoods in a situation where fish stocks have depleted considerably and plastic waste pervades the ocean. She is conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai until May 2020.

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology

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


The Great Sacrifice. Modi, Demonetization, and Populist Style

Salmi, J. J., Jul 2020, In : Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde. 116, 1, p. 37-50

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Nordic Asia Podcast: Lockdown in India with Sirpa Tenhunen and Jelena Salmi

Tenhunen, S., Salmi, J. J. & Zeiler, X., 2020

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsScientificpeer-review

Open Access

An Anthropology of Disturbed Landscapes

Salmi, J. J., 2019, In : Ethnologia Fennica. 46, p. 146-149 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Open Access

Differentiated citizenship, displacement, and materiality in state–citizen relations in Ahmedabad

Salmi, J. J., May 2019, Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. 237 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

Open Access


  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 3 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta

Jelena Johanna Salmi (Visiting researcher)

Jul 2019Apr 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Arborescent Community: Displaced Sindhis’ Politics of Emplacement

Jelena Johanna Salmi (Speaker)

17 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation