Ms. Rönkä will present research on the impacts of globalization on the lives of pulp mill workers in Northern Finland, city of Kemijärvi. Due to global increases in efficiency of production, pulp mills and factories in Finland were offshored to the global south. Her qualitative study examined how the workers experienced the mill closures and how the closures affected their lives and livelihoods. The research demonstrates that when globalization research is confined to large macro level economic, political and cultural processes, it excludes examination of how the impact of global flows is influenced by the history, culture, and social structure of local contexts. One way to understand complex globalization processes better is to examine them through place-based, lived experiences.
Anna Reetta Rönkä graduated in 2010 with an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities. The UAA Department of Public Health is currently sponsoring Ms. Rönkä as a visiting scholar while she is working on her doctoral research about the experience of loneliness from childhood to adulthood in Northern Finland. Her current research interests include: socio-emotional wellbeing and health in circumpolar societies, gendered experiences of loneliness, and social isolation. Her affiliations are Women´s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Education and Institute of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu Finland.