My CV is untypical. Recently I have been teaching at Helsinki and Aalto universities, putting my anthropological training to use largely outside the discipline. This is not always the most comfortable place, but some friction is necessary for anything to move.

I have long been interested in environmental politics and transformations in notions of expertise, as well as in methodological questions, particularly in relation to environmental change. I have a doctorate in social anthropology and an MSc in urban planning, both from the UK.

I am currently University Lecturer at the University of Oulu, where I am part of the Contours Project on Conservation, Tourism and Remoteness, and Adjunct Professor of environmental policy, Department of Design at Aalto University, Finland.

As always, I’ve been contributing to academic publications and engaging in several networks pursuing academic or semi-academic projects. I’ve also been writing features and book reviews in English and Finnish, especially on society and the built environment.


Ongoing since about 2002 – Translation and language services. In 2010 I set up WIT Language Services Oy. For what it can offer, see

2009, Feb-Apr   Research for CABE & Building Futures on the “Building Futures Game”, the consultation tool.

2007-2009   RIBA/Building Futures, part-time researcher. Project lead: ‘Growing by Degrees: Universities in the Future of Urban Development’ (

2008, Feb-Oct  Career Grade Policy Planner (part-time), London Borough of Greenwich

1998-2002  Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

1996-98  Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley.


Gaziulusoy, I., Veselova, E., Hodson, E., Berglund, E., Öztekin, E. E., Houtbeckers, E., … Litowtschenko, M. F. (2021). Design for Sustainability Transformations: A Deep Leverage Points Research Agenda for the (Post-) Pandemic Context. Strategic Design Research Journal, 14(1).

Berglund, Eeva and Cindy Kohtala (2021) “Knowing and Imagining with Sustainable Makers.” In Kazubowski-Houston, M. and M. Auslander (eds) In Search of Lost Futures: Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography. Palgrave-Macmillan.

2020 #Colleex Zine #1 Open Formats, edited with Tomas S. Criado, produced  by Ofri Lapid and members of the network. (pdf here)

2020 Berglund, Eeva & Guy Julier ‘Growth in WEIRD Helsinki: Countering Dominant Urban Politics and its “Green” Pretentions’, in special issue for Sociální studia / Social Studies on “(Not) my green city? Green spaces in times of urbanization” edited by Helen Sooväli-Sepping and Bianka Plüschke-Altof.

2020    Berglund, Eeva & Cindy Kohtala ’Collaborative Confusion among DIY Makers: Ethnography and expertise in creating knowledge for environmental sustainability’, Science & Technology Studies.

2019    ‘Small mutinies in the comfortable slot: The new environmentalism as repair’, in Repair, Breakages, Breakthroughs: Ethnographic Responses, Francisco Martinez and Patrick Laviolette (eds), Berghahn Books, Oxford & New York.

2019    ’Troubled landscapes of change: Limits and natures in grassroots urbanism’, in Lounela, Anu, Eeva Berglund, Timo Kallinen (eds) Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives, Helsinki: SKS, pp. 196-212.

2019    Berglund, Anu Lounela, Timo Kallinen ’Landscape is not what it used to be: Anthropology and the politics of environmental change’, in Lounela, Anu, Eeva Berglund and Timo Kallinen (eds) Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives, Helsinki: SKS, pp. 8-32.

2019    Lounela, Anu, Eeva Berglund, Timo Kallinen (eds). Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives, SKS.

2018        ‘The Lab is not Blah Academic encounters, venues to re-train ourselves’  Colleex – Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation, with Tomás Sánchez Criado, Anna Lisa Ramella and Adolfo Estalella.

2018        ‘Environmentalism’, Callan, H. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley Blackwell.

2018        With Vesa Peipinen, ‘Creating Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship: Squatting in Activist-Friendly Helsinki’, Urbanities – Journal of Urban Ethnography. 8, 1: 34-49

2017 ‘Accidental experimental ethnography’, Allegralab blog, #colleex post series ‘Ethnographic experimentation’, (blog entry)

2017 ‘Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship – activism and acceptability in Helsinki’, with Vesa Peipinen, Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, 3/2017, special issue ‘Self-organizing City’, guest edited by A. Rantanen and M. Faehnle.

2017 ‘Environmentalism’, Callan, H. (ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, Wiley Blackwell.

2017  ‘Steering clear of politics: local virtues in Helsinki’s design activism’, Journal of Political Ecology Vol.24, special section on anthropology and degrowth, Susan Paulson and Lisa Gezon, 566 – 580.

2016  ‘Impossible Maybe, Perhaps Quite Likely: Activist design in Helsinki’s urban wastelands’, Sparke, P. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Design Studies, 383 – 394.

2016   ‘Time for design anthropology – reflections from the point of view of environmental change’, Suomen Antropologi/Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 4/2015: 29-36.

2015    Uusi Helsinki? Det Nya Helsingfors? Changing Helsinki? Changing Helsinki? 11 Views on a City Unfolding. Edited with Cindy Kohtala, Helsinki: Nemo.

2015      ‘Activist design in Helsinki: creating sustainable futures at the margins, the center, and everywhere in between‘, in Cocco, G., & Szaniecki, B. (eds) Creative capitalism, multitudinous creativity: Radicalities and alterities, Lexington Books, pp. 155-171.

2014      ‘Ohjelmallinen kulttuurin ja designin edistäminen kaupungeissa: Johdanto erikoisnumeroon’ with Pekka Tuominen (and jointly guest edited journal issue), Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu/The Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, Vol.52(2): 4-18.

2013      ‘Design Activism in Helsinki: notes from the World Design Capital 2012’, Design and Culture, 2013/2: 195-214.

2013      ‘WDS as counter-expertise’, in I. Sánchez de Madariaga & M. Roberts (eds), Fair Shared Cities: The Impact Of Gender Planning In Europe, London: Ashgate. pp. 358-­‐380.

2013      ‘Experiencing architecture in Helsinki: An anthropological perspective on the built environment’, Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium of Architectural Research Oulu, 2011: University of Oulu publications, A58: pp. 98-­‐109

2012      ‘Conference Report: Anthropology Meets Design at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s “Anthropology in the World” Conference, London, 8-10 June 2012. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. 37/2: 82-87.

2012       ‘Luonnon jälkeen Suomessa: metsäisestä kulttuurista vuosituhannen taitteessa’, teoksessa T. Kallinen, A. Nygren & T. Tammisto (toim.) Ympäristö ja kulttuuri, Sosiaalitieteiden laitoksen julkaisuja 2012:11, Helsinki.

2011       ‘Knowledge in a critical mode: feminist expertise in design and planning’, in Recombinant Knowledge: Or How Strathernian Concepts Travel, Edwards, J. and M. Petrovic-Steger (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011         ‘Planning for people – Anthropologists in dialogue with planning scholars’, Conference Report, Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 36(2): 60-70.

2011         ‘Tangled and tangible, straight and abstract: anthropology and Helsinki architecture’, Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 36(3): 5-22.

2009            ‘Making space in Finland’s new economy’, in Boundless Worlds: An Anthropological Approach to Movement, edited by Peter W. Kirby, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

2009            ‘Yliopistot, tutkimuslaitokset ja kaupunkikuva’, Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu 3(47): 44-49.

2009            Review essay ‘Mahmood Mamdani. Scholars in the Market Place’, Suomen Antropologi: Journal of  the Finnish Anthropological Society, 34(2): Summer 2009: 100-108.

2008            ‘Exploring the social and political. Are architects still relevant to architecture?’ Architectural Research Quarterly. vol 12 . no 2:105-109.

2008            ‘Building a real alternative: Women’s Design Service’, Field (online), vol. 2 (1): 47-62

2008            ‘I wanted to be an academic, not “a creative” – notes on universities and the new capitalism’, Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization (online)

2008               ‘Forests, flows and identities in Finland’s information society’, Cultural Studies, Volume 22 Issue 3 & 4 May 2008: 412-430.

2007            Doing Things Differently: the Women’s Design Service at twenty, London: Women’s Design Service.

2007            ‘Information Society Finnish-style, or an anthropological view of the Modern’, in Anthropology and Science: Epistemologies in Practice (ASA Monographs 43) edited by Jeanette Edwards, Penny Harvey and Peter Wade, Oxford and New York: Berg.

2006            ‘Generating non-trivial knowledge in awkward situations: anthropology in the UK’, in World Anthropologies: Disciplinary Transformations within Systems of Power, edited by Arturo Escobar and Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, Oxford and New York: Berg.

2006             ‘Ecopolitics through ethnography’, in ‘Imagining Political Ecology’ edited by Aletta Biersack and James Greenberg, Durham and London: Duke University Press.

2005            ‘Exhausting Academia: In defence of anthropology, in search of time’, Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, No.3: 2-13.

2004             ‘A situated, global imperative: debating (the nation’s) forests in Finland’, in Confronting Environments edited by James Carrier, Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

2003             co-edited with David G. Anderson, Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books

2003              ‘Finland as Information Society: an anthropological critique’, in Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, Vol.28(4): 2-16.

2002             ‘Legacies of Empire and spatial divides: new and old challenges for environmentalism in the UK’, Occasional Papers in Critical Urban Studies, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, London.

2002            ‘Expertise and counter-expertise: science in Finnish forest activism’, Focaal – European Journal of Anthropology, 40: 83-99.

2001            ‘Facts, Biases, and Constructions: Perspectives On Forest Conservation In Finland’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 44(6): 833-849.

2001             ‘Self-defeating environmentalism? models and questions from an ethnography of toxic waste protest’, Critique of Anthropology Vol. 21(3): 317-336.

2000            ‘From iron curtain to timber belt: territory and materiality at the Finnish-Russian border’, in Ethnologia Europea, Vol.30(2): 23-34.

1998             Knowing Nature, Knowing Science:  An ethnography of local environmental activism.  Cambridge:  White Horse Press

1997            ‘Clear-Cut Madness in Russian Karelia’, The Ecologist, Vol. 27(6): 237-241.


2017    ‘Arts in the Environment Nordic Symposium’, international conference organized in Helsinki. I participated in the organizing and continue to be part of the editorial team for the forthcoming publication with TEAK. (including an essay for the blog)

2017  #colleex or Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (EASA network), co-organized the Inaugural conference, in Lisbon, 13-15 July 2017 with Adolfo Estalella, Tomás Sánchez Criado, and Anna Lisa Ramella. (see blog post here)

2016    April, Helsinki. ‘Is this a revolution? Problems in doing research on grassroots change-making’, workshop for Finnish Urban Studies Days, co-convened with Cindy Kohtala.

2013    (April) Finnish Urban Studies Conference, Turku. Panel convenor with Pekka Tuominen (Univ. Helsinki, Anthropology and Paulina Nordström, Univ. Turku, Geography) ‘Art and design as tools of urban transformation’.

2012   Organized, with Guy Julier (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), panel discussion on “Design Anthropology” for RAI conference, “Anthropology in the World”, 9 June 2012 (report published in Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society)

2012 Co-chair with Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina) at AAA (San Francisco) Innovent on Design and Anthropology. (Some notes on this blog,

2012 (and onwards) I teach a masters-level course for 4 credits, “Social Issues in Urban Environments” for the Department of Social Policy, University of Helsinki.

2011 4/5   I organised an international ‘Planning for People’ symposium with Timo Heikkinen. My write-ups in Suomen Antropologi (in English) and Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu (in Finnish).

2010 1-2/10    Symposium, ‘Beyond System Thinking: Anthropological perspectives on environmental and climate change’, University of Stockholm.

2009 22-23/3   ESRC seminar convened by Laura Bear on ‘Uncertain Futures: planning, temporality and globalisation’, March.

2008 5-6/11    Workshop on Planning and Anthropology, organized by Simone Abram (Leeds Metropolitan) and Åsa Boholm (CEFOS/Center for Public Sector Research), Gothenburg, Sweden.

2006 18-21/9   European Association of Social Anthropologists conference, Bristol, ‘Women’s Design Service, London – Twenty years of materialising the real world’, in workshop on Bringing Europe Down to Earth: reconfigurations of politics and development

2003 14-18/7   Association of Social Anthropologists Decennial Conference, Manchester. Plenary paper ‘Finland as information society: an anthropological critique’, and panel paper ‘Working with, not against nature? A Finnish food story’

2003 28-29/4            University of Oulu, Department of Sociology , Lectures on ‘Ethnographic Method’ and ‘The ethnographer and Finnish Biotechnology: anthropological perspectives on technology and science’

2003 7-13/3    Wenner-Gren Foundation (New York) Symposium ‘World Anthropologies: Disciplinary Transformations within Systems of Power’, Pordenone, Italy. Paper: ‘European modernity, British anthropology and the search for non-trivial knowledge’

2002 29-31/5            University of Joensuu, Graduate School of Environmental Social Science intensive course, Politicization of Nature, teaching staff.

2000-2003     Nordic research network, ‘Bodily Commodities: moral concerns about biotechnology and market exchange in Europe’, co-ordinated by University of Iceland.

2000 29/4     Organised workshop on ‘Ethnographies of Ecological Underprivilege’, Goldsmiths College, London.

2000 25/2   Convened conference on ‘Environmental Justice in a Divided Society’, Goldsmiths College, London.

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