Skip to main content
  • Book
  • Open Access
  • © 2023

Reindeer Husbandry

Adaptation to the Changing Arctic, Volume 1

  • This book is Open Access which means that there is free and unlimited access to the content

  • Latest scientific update on rapid changes in the Arctic and effects on indigenous reindeer herders

  • Perceptions on how traditional knowledge can be used to build resilience

  • Provides a unique insight into the current state of the Arctic through numerous colour images

Part of the book series: Springer Polar Sciences (SPPS)

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Reindeer Husbandry in the Circumpolar North

    • Svein Disch Mathiesen
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. Framing Adaptation to Rapid Change in the Arctic

    • Marina Tonkopeeva, Robert W. Corell, Nancy G. Maynard, Ellen Inga Turi, Inger Marie Gaup Eira, Anders Oskal et al.
    Pages 15-35Open Access
  4. ‘Leaving No One Behind’ – Sustainable Development of Sámi Reindeer Husbandry in Norway

    • Kathrine I. Johnsen, Inger Marie Gaup Eira, Svein Disch Mathiesen, Anders Oskal
    Pages 37-66Open Access
  5. Sámi Traditional Reindeer Herding Knowledge Throughout a Year: Herding Periods on Snow-Covered Ground

    • Inger Marie Gaup Eira, Ellen Inga Turi, Johan Mathis Turi
    Pages 67-97Open Access
  6. Learning by Herding – Transmission of Sámi Reindeer Herding Knowledge and Skills

    • Mathis Persen Bongo, Inger Marie Gaup Eira
    Pages 99-130Open Access
  7. Ethics of Knowledge Production in Times of Environmental Change

    • Michaela Stith, Robert W. Corell, Rosa-Máren Magga, Matthias Kaiser, Anders Oskal, Svein Disch Mathiesen
    Pages 131-147Open Access
  8. Trends and Effects of Climate Change on Reindeer Husbandry in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

    • Lena Popova, Svetlana Avelova, Alena Gerasimova, Julia Lutz, Svein Disch Mathiesen, Anisiia Moiakunova et al.
    Pages 149-185Open Access
  9. Comparative Analyses of Local Historical and Future Climate Conditions Important for Reindeer Herding in Finnmark, Norway and the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia

    • Inger Hanssen-Bauer, Rasmus E. Benestad, Julia Lutz, Dagrun Vikhamar-Schuler, Pavel Svyashchennikov, Eirik J. Førland
    Pages 187-222Open Access
  10. Loss of Reindeer Grazing Land in Finnmark, Norway, and Effects on Biodiversity: GLOBIO3 as Decision Support Tool at Arctic Local Level

    • Wilbert van Rooij, Iulie Aslaksen, Isak Henrik Eira, Philip Burgess, Per Arild Garnåsjordet
    Pages 223-254Open Access
  11. The Phenomenon of Entrepreneurship in Reindeer Husbandry in Yamal: Assessment of the Situation, Paradoxes, and Contradictions

    • Alexander Nickolaevich Pilyasov, Valeriy Aleksandrovich Kibenko
    Pages 255-278Open Access

About this book

This open access book focuses on climate change, Indigenous reindeer husbandry, and the underlying concept of connecting the traditional knowledge of Indigenous reindeer herders in the Arctic with the latest research findings of the world’s leading academics.  

The Arctic and sub-Arctic environment, climate, and biodiversity are changing in ways unprecedented in the long histories of the north, challenging traditional ways of life, well-being, and food security with legitimate concerns for the future of traditional Indigenous livelihoods. 

The book provides a clear and thorough overview of the potential problems caused by a warming climate on reindeer husbandry and how reindeer herders’ knowledge should be brought to action. In particular, the predicted impacts of global warming on winter climate and the resilience of the reindeer herding communities are thoroughly discussed. 


  • Arctic societies
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Reindeer husbandry in the Arctic
  • Resilience to a changing Arctic
  • Sami and reindeer herds
  • Indigenous people communities
  • Planning for adaptation action
  • Climate change impacts
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Polar geography
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, Kautokeino, Norway

    Svein Disch Mathiesen, Ellen Inga Turi, Anders Oskal, Marina Tonkopeeva

  • Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Kautokeino, Norway

    Inger Marie Gaup Eira

  • Arctic State Agrotechnological University, Yakutsk, Russia

    Mikhail Pogodaev

About the editors

Svein Disch Mathiesen, Ph.D., is a head of the University of the Arctic Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry at the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and a professor and researcher at the Sámi allaskuvla/Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Between 2007 and 2011, Prof Mathiesen was a project leader at the IPY EALAT research project on Reindeer Husbandry and Climate Change. Prof Mathiesen’s research experience includes working in Svalbard, Russian Siberia, Mongolia, South Georgia, Alaska, and Sápmi. A co-author of more than 130 papers, he supervised a number of master’s and doctoral students. His recent main research interest is interdisciplinary knowledge on adaptation to climate change in the circumpolar north and building competence locally in Indigenous communities in the northern areas through international cooperation. Prof Mathiesen is a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, was in the writing team of the Arctic Science Agreement (2017), deputy member of the Arctic Circle Board, and council member of the Arctic Science Ministerial meeting II (2018).

Inger Marie Gaup Eira is the Associate Professor at Sámi Allaskuvla, Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Her main scope of research is traditional knowledge and reindeer husbandry, which also became the basis for her doctoral research. Eira has developed the study “Theoretical approaches for tra- ditional knowledge and methods for documentation and dissemination” and has since 2013 been leading the studies in this area. Eira works in academia and is an Indigenous reindeer herder from Norway.

Dr. Ellen Inga Turi belongs to the Sámi reindeer herders’ family with reindeer pastures in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Turi is the Associate professor and post-doctoral researcher at the Sámi allaskuvla/Sámi University of Applied Sciences where her research work is focused on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and governance of reindeer herding. Turi has also been the Chair of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat as a Sámi Council representative during the Icelandic chairmanship of Arctic Council (2019–2021).

Anders Oskal is the Secretary General of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the Executive Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Oskal is a reindeer herding Sámi from Northern Norway, with a Master of Science in Business specialized in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior to his current position, he worked for a number of years in business development in reindeer herding.

Mikhail Pogodaev, Ph.D., is also from a reindeer herding family, born in Tomponsky district of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Dr. Pogodaev is the Deputy Minister for the Development of the Arctic and Northern Affairs of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Special Envoy for Indigenous and Regional Cooperation in the Arctic Council. Dr. Pogodaev is the Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Theory of the Arctic State Agrotechnological University and the Lecturer at the M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk, Russia.

Marina Tonkopeeva, MA, Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics, is a project leader at the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. Between 2016 and 2022, Tonkopeeva has been working as a project manager and coordinator for the Open School of Sustainable Development and the Coalition for Sustainable Development. As a language professional, Tonkopeeva has contributed to the work of the Arctic Council, DOCIP, and UNDP. Tonkopeeva was a lecturer at the School of International Relations at the St. Petersburg State University in 2017–2020. Her scope of research includes sustainable development, technologies for Indigenous languages, and knowledge co-production.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reindeer Husbandry

  • Book Subtitle: Adaptation to the Changing Arctic, Volume 1

  • Editors: Svein Disch Mathiesen, Inger Marie Gaup Eira, Ellen Inga Turi, Anders Oskal, Mikhail Pogodaev, Marina Tonkopeeva

  • Series Title: Springer Polar Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-17624-1Published: 10 December 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-17627-2Published: 10 December 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-17625-8Published: 09 December 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2510-0475

  • Series E-ISSN: 2510-0483

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 278

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Society, Human Geography, Sustainability, Climate Change Ecology, Biodiversity, Animal Migration

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)