May-Britt Öhman, is PhD in History of Technology, 2007, and Lule/Forest Sámi from Lule River/Julevädno and has roots in Torne River Valley as well as Roslagen. She is board member of Silbonah Sámesijdda since 2011, was member of board of the Swedish National Saami Association, SSR, 2011-15, deputy member of the Sámi Parliament 2013-17.

Öhman is also board member and one of the founders of UPPSAM – the network/association for Sámi related research in Uppsala.

Her research focus is on large technical systems, hydropower, water resources, energy production/consumtion, mines, environment, risk and safety, decolonisation and healing from colonial traumas, Feminist Technoscience and Indigenous Methodologies/Theories. Geographical focus is on Sábme and comparative studies with other Indigenous territories around the world. She has research experience from East, West and North Africa, as well as India and the US. 

Projectleader for the researchproject, Dálkke: Indigenous climate change

Dissertation:  Taming Exotic Beauties: Swedish Hydro Power Constructions in Tanzania in the Era of Development Assistance, 1960s - 1990s

Publications                   Website  

Conference: "Samiska kvinnor dåtid nutid framtid"

Eva Charlotta Helsdotter


Eva Charlotta Helsdotter,
 has a PhD in Land and Water Resources Management and is an Associate Professor in Water Security. She has been an international research leader in land and water related research, e.g. in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Kenya and Tanzania and in national environmental and sustainability projects. She has investigated  drinking water supplies and designed protection needed to ensure good water quality.  The last ten years she has been involved in research projects in Sápmi.

Project: Exploitation at any price 
Lecture: "Vad innebär en Koboltgruva vid sjön" here



Ida Jansson, lives in Jokkmokk and works at Luleå University of Technology since 2019 at the Divison of Fluid Mechanics and Experimental Mechanics.

Her research interests are fluid-structure interactions and biomimics. Previously she has worked as a teacher during 3 years at Lapplands Gymnasium Jokkmokk. Ida dissertated in 2013 with the thesis ”Swirling Water of Vibrant Bodies” on Fluid-Structure Interactions applied to Hydropower machinery. 

Project: Vad vajande sjöfräken lär oss -  sjöfräken



Frances Wyld, is a Martu woman (Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region of Australia) and Doctor of Communication. She has taught in the areas of Indigenous Knowledges, education, cultural studies and has worked extensively within curriculum development. Her doctorate title ‘In the time of Lorikeets’ uses autoethnography, storytelling and mythography to centre Indigenous Knowledges within an academic environment to establish an Indigenous worldview for ethical research and teaching.

She takes great pride in her ongoing collaboration with Sámi academics and community persons. Her publications include both scholarly and creative writing elements. Dr Wyld is currently working on a project led by Uppsala University to research climate change, Indigenous perspectives and innovation. She lives in Adelaide, Australia with her son.

Project: Indigenous Australian perspectives on Climate Change.



Gunilla Larsson, Ph D, is a marine archaeologist and a world leading expert on ship building, ships and seafaring in the Baltic Sea area during the Prehistoric periods and Middle Ages. In her thesis, avhandling  Ship and Society. Maritime Ideology in Late Iron Age Sweden, she has identified and defined the different boat building traditions represented in the area. Based on the results, she has been able to trace and get evidence for meetings and cultural contacts between different ethnical groups. She has also shown that the specific Sámi sewing technique used in Sámi traditional boat building, appears in a Viking Age boat burial boat in Tuna, Badelunda Parish, Västmanland, which shows Sámi presence in Central Sweden during this period.

Earlier senior lecturer in Marine Archaeology and researcher within the Marine Archaeological Research Project at Södertörn University, with the part project “Ship in Society in Late Iron Age”. She was here a project leader for the reconstruction of the Vik boat from the 11th century at National Maritime Museum, for the replica building of the Viking Age boat in burial nr 3, Old Uppsala, as well as project leader for the replica building of the Viking Age sewn Sámi boat  from Tuna in Badelunda at Västmanland County Museum. She is also since 2012 a researcher at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, focusing on Forest Sámi culture and heritage from a gender perspective.

Project: Relationen mellan människa, klimat och samhällsförändring i historisk tid utifrån ett urfolksperspektiv.


Susanne Spik grew up in a reindeer herding family and has been active also as an adult. She is member of Sirges Sámi village, Jokkmokk, Norrbotten county, and has been a member of the board. Over the years she has combined reindeer herding with university education - in leadership and pedagogy and as a preschool teacher -  and employments.

Spik has been member of board of the Swedish National Sámi Association, SSR, which focuses mainly on reindeer herding issues. She was a member of the Swedish committee for the International Polar year 2007-2008.

Together with a reindeer herding colleague, Karin Kuoljok, Spik initiated and set up the technological innovation company Tannak AB.

Project: Urfolks tekniska innovationer: Främjande, utveckling och märkesskydd – presentation av ett pågående projekt.

In the media  

Photographer: Lena Kuoljok Lind 


Kyle Whyte, is Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, serving as a faculty member in the environmental justice specialization. He is an enrolled member of the
Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Whyte´s work focuses on the problems and possibilities Indigenous peoples face regarding climate change, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.

Please read more at Kyle Whyte’s website 

Last modified: 2022-08-12