Heidi Konttinen

Heidi Konttinen
University of Lapland · Faculty of Social Sciences

Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability & Master of Arts in Industrial Design


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In my research I focus on the plurality of sustainabilities in the Arctic. I approach the topic with decolonial theories and the aim of my work is to bring equity between the local and global approaches to sustainability. I am a PhD candidate in the doctoral programme "Arctic in a Changing World" at the University of Lapland and my multidisciplinary background includes design, sustainability and Indigenous studies.
August 2019 - May 2024
University of Helsinki
Field of study
  • Indigenous Studies
August 2013 - June 2018
Aalto University
Field of study
  • Creative Sustainability
August 2007 - June 2016
University of Lapland
Field of study
  • Industrial Design


Publications (2)
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Research on extractivism has rapidly proliferated, expanding into new empirical and conceptual spaces. We examine the origins, evolution, and conceptual expansion of the concept. Extractivism is useful to analyze resource extraction practices around the world. ‘Global Extractivism’ is a new conceptual tool for assessing global phenomena. We situate...
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In 2009, the European Parliament and the European Council ratified a ban on seal product trade, which was actively promoted by animal welfare and environmental organizations. This was a response to commercial seal hunting in Canada, which was considered inhumane and against EU citizens’ moral foundations. The ban affected not only commercial seal h...


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