Seminar: Integrated governance of natural resources - law, policy and practices

Ilomantsi, 7th and 8th of June, 2016

The main aim of the seminar is to bring together academic scholars to discuss integrated approaches to the governance of natural resources and to analyze the means for integrating competing uses of natural resources based on the recent research. The seminar focuses on the research that engages, in particular, with mining and forestry. It addresses the question of how to integrate mining and forestry sustainably with other land use interests and what type of tools, such as land-use planning, impact assessments or mediations, could be useful to that end. Reducing conflicts in the mining and forestry sectors through environmentally and socially responsible management practices belongs also to the key themes of the seminar. Furthermore, the event is open for the papers teasing out the theories and concepts, such as social license to operate (SLO), related to sustainable use of natural resources.

Researchers and doctoral students are invited to propose presentations for the seminar. Furthermore, the organizers encourage PhD students to present a paper. Papers up to 20 pages will be commented in the seminar by the key note speakers.

The seminar is organized by Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY), University of Eastern Finland, in cooperation with research projects TERLA and WAPEAT funded by the Academy of Finland. The UEF Doctoral Programmes Social and Cultural Encounters and Time, Space and Environment in Society support the organization of the event.

The venue of the seminar: Mustikkamäki, Maukkula, Ilomantsi (


Tue, 7th of June, at 10-18

8.15 Departure in Joensuu (front of the university building Aurora II)

9:30   Coffee at Mustikkamäki, Ilomantsi                    

10:00 Opening: Senior lecturer Ismo Pölönen, UEF

10:15-12:15 Key note speakers and discussion

Prof. Kevin Hanna, University of British Columbia: Data as a response to Conflict: A Framework for Cumulative Effects Assessment in British Columbia

Kaisa Raitio (Associate professor in environmental communication, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU) & Rasmus Kløcker Larsen (Research fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute): Flipping the perspective on cumulative impact assessment: Sámi reindeer herding community invites public authorities to reflect on their permitting practices

12:15 Lunch

13:15-15:00 Seminar presentations

Jukka Similä (Prof. of Natural Resource Law, Univ. of Lapland) & Niko Soininen (Lecturer, UEF): Adaptive law in natural resources governance

Irmeli Mustalahti (Academy Research Fellow, UEF): Responsive Bioeconomy: Interaction of states, local actors and private sector

Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö (Post doc. researcher, University of Tampere): Governance of natural resources in the context of uneven power relations

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Seminar presentations

Antti Belinskij (Post doc. researcher, UEF): Reconciliation of EU water management objectives and environmental permitting

Dawid Bunikowski (Lecturer, UEF): Justice of natural resources management in Lapland: being caught in the middle between nation state and indigenous self-determination

Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta (PhD candidate, UEF): Social licence to operate in shale gas production

16.30-19.00: Accomodating, possibility for a walk in the forest

19:00 Dinner

20:30- Social event & option for sauna

Wed 8th of June, at 9-15

8:00-9:00 Breakfast at Mustikkamäki

9:15-10:45 Key note speakers and discussion

Juha Kotilainen (Professor of Mining Policy and Politics, UEF): European Union minerals policy under construction: Implications for land use planning

Christina Allard (Assoc. Prof. in Law, Luleå University of Technology/UiT The Arctic University of Norway): The Law Related to Mining in Sweden/Norway: What about Sami Customary Rights?

10:45 coffee break

11:15 Seminar presentations

Ismo Pölönen, Senior lecturer, UEF: Integrating mining with other interests through master planning – Case of Kuusamo

Anna-Liisa Tanskanen, PhD Candidate: Governing grasslands in Europe

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15 Seminar presentations

Tapio Litmanen (Academy Research Fellow, Univ. of Jyväskylä): Refining the preconditions of a social licence to operate (SLO): reflections on citizens’ attitudes towards mining in two Finnish regions

Anna Petrétei (PhD candidate, Univ. of Lapland): Introduction to a research project about best practices on mining standards

Eerika Albrecht (PhD candidate, UEF): Effectiveness of ecosystem services arguments for the conservation of Viurusuo

Berryl Claire Asiago (PhD candidate, UEF): Transplant of legal requirements in the oil and gas sector: Development of local content requirements as a case study. 

15:15 Take-home points and closing: Prof. Rauno Sairinen

15:30 Departure towards Joensuu

16:30 Arrival in Joensuu


Please, send your abstract (max 500 words) to until 3th June.


The seminar (includes breakfast, lunches, dinner, coffees and accommodation) is free of charge; However, participants are responsible for their accommodation costs and travelling to Joensuu.

Further information

Ismo Pölönen (, tel. + 40 594 6024


Keynote speakers

Kevin Hanna is a professor at the University of British Columbia and Director of the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research. Prof. Hanna´s research centres on environmental impact assessment and integrated natural resource management. He has collaborated with colleagues in Finland and Sweden in research and writing on impact assessment and forest management. Dr. Hanna's work is published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of impact assessment, planning, and natural resources management. He is also the editor and author of books on impact assessment (Oxford), integrated resource management (Oxford) and parks and protected areas (Routledge), and community forestry (Cambridge).
Kaisa Raitio, PhD in Environmental Policy (University of Eastern Finland), is Associate Professor in Environmental Communication at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her research interests concern conflicts, communicative planning and conflict management regarding natural resources in the North, particularly in relation to indigenous peoples' rights. Her empirical focus has been on forestry in Finland and Canada and mining in Sweden. She currently leads a three-year research project on constructivity and destructivity in environmental conflicts (funded by Formas 2015-2017), and is involved in two interdisciplinary research projects related to mining, cumulative impacts and reindeer herding rights in Sápmi (funded by Formas and Swedish EPA).
Juha Kotilainen is Professor of mining policy and politics in the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Geographical and Historical and Studies, Environmental Policy section. His research focuses on the politics of the extraction of natural resources and transformations of local communities with a relation to the extractive sector, with case studies in Finland and in the post-communist context. He has published, for example, in the journals Resources Policy, European Planning Studies, and Environmental Politics, and edited books dealing with human-nature relations and regional and local development, and authored chapters in books published by, for example, Routledge and Ashgate.
Christina Allard is LLD, Senior Lecturer at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and Associate Professor II at the Faculty of Law, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests centre on Sami and indigenous peoples' rights comparatively and within the context of the recognition of territorial rights, natural resource use and environmental protection. She has in particular analysed jurisdictions like Norway, Finland, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. Allard is Project Leader of a Nordic research network, NORSIL, Apart from several journal articles she has recently published a monograph Renskötselrätt i nordisk belysning [The reindeer-herding right from a Nordic perspective] and co-edited Indigenous Rights in Scandinavia (Ashgate) and is currently co-editing another anthology, Sami Customary Rights in Modern Landscapes. She participates in two interdisciplinary research projects where one in particular relates to mining in Sápmi and reindeer herding.