Katriina Siivonen is PhD in European Ethnology and Adjunct Professor in Cultural Heritage Studies at University of Turku, Finland. She is currently working as University Lecturer and Responsible Teacher in Futures Studies and Vice Director in Finland Futures Research Center at University of Turku. She has earlier been working as Professor and in other positions in ethnology and futures studies in Finland at University of Turku, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University. Her main research interests are cultural sustainability, semiotic theory of culture, traditions, cultural heritage, cultural identities, ethnography as well as qualitative and participatory futures methodology.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Since the late 1990s, I have focused on the development of cultural sustainability research. This theme covers in my work currently the research and advancement of the well-being of human beings and nature through understanding of alternative futures and participatory transformation of culture towards alternative futures. As a theoretical background I have critical futures research and critical cultural heritage studies, semiotic theory of culture, and as methods ethnography and qualitative, participatory futures research. In my research, I have a strong emphasizing in research in maritime areas.