My name is Paul Burgess, I have recently arrived at the Arctic Centre, and am very much enjoying it so far. I will be spending one year in Finland and at the Arctic Centre, conducting independent research as well as assisting Dr. Florian Stammler and the team of researchers here. My research and time in Finland is supported through the award of a Fulbright Grant, sponsored by the governments of Finland and the United States.
I am originally from Fort Lauderdale, in Southern Florida, USA, and I completed degrees in Anthropology and International Development at Tulane University, in New Orleans Louisiana. During this time Indigenous and cultural studies became of great interest to me. My first interest in Finland’s Arctic, and its cultures, came through a Finnish exchange student my Aunt hosted from 2008 to 2009. Through her, my interest in the Arctic and Sámi Peoples grew, as did my desire to research in Finland and to apply for a Fulbright grant. After researching institutions in the Arctic regions, the Arctic Centre became the obvious choice, for the resources it offers and its geographic location.
As well as assisting in Dr. Stammler’s ongoing projects, I will conduct my own research. My primary interests are on tourism and political economics in the Arctic. I hope to research how these growing aspects influence culture and sustainable growth, focusing on tourism’s viability as an income producer. I hope to hone these interests as I am introduced to the Arctic and its cultures. I will also take courses in the Arctic Studies Program to further develop a background and understanding of the subject and its many facets.
I look forward to learning more about Lapland, doing research here over the next year, and writing more about it.