Olga Ulturgasheva

Olga Ulturgasheva


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Olga Ulturgasheva (PhD; Cambridge) has carried out ethnographic research on childhood and adolescence, narrative and memory, animist and nomadic cosmologies, reindeer herding and hunting, climate change and the latest envrionmental transformations in Siberia and Alaska. Since 2006 she has been engaged in a number of international projects exploring human and non-human personhood, youth resilience, climate change and adaptation patterns in Siberia, American Arctic and Amazonia. She is an author of Narrating the Future in Siberia: Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny (Berghahn Books 2012) and co-editor of Animism in Rainforest and Tundra: Personhood, Animals, Plants and Things in Contemporary Amazonia and Siberia (Berghahn 2012).

She serves as a Principial Investigator for two large international, collaborative research projects funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the European Research Council (ERC). The NSF-funded project is a comparative, collaborative study of adaptation strategies and resilience patterns among Alaskan Yup’ik and Siberian Eveny. The study aims to provide new insights on human capacity to navigate through the latest environmental threats induced by climate change and environmental degradation in the Arctic (2015-2022). The ERC-funded project examines how climate change is managed at the ethnic borderlands of China and Russia while mobilising expertise of anthropologists, historians and philosophers of science and ethics, religious studies experts, indigenous leaders and environmental scientists (2020-2026). 

Research interests

Dr Olga Ulturgasheva serves as a Prinicpal Investigator for the NSF-funded international, collaborative research project "Community Adaptations and Knowledge Sharing in Alaska and Siberia" run in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (duration: 2015-2021) and the ERC-funded project "Cosmological Visionaries: Shamans, Scientists and Climate Change at the Ethnic Borderlands of China and Russia" run in collaboration with King's College London (duration: 2020-2026) https://cosmogeorussia.com/ 




I welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake ethnographic research in Siberia, Russia, Arctic regions and Eurasia in the following broad areas:

-environment, sustainability and climate change 
-the anthropology of childhood and youth
-the anthropology of locality, place and space
-the anthropology of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic
-shamanism, shamanic practices and animist cosmologies
-post-Soviet, post-socialist transformations
-human-animal relations, reindeer herding, hunting
-movement, mobility, migration, settlement

Prizes and awards

ERC Synergy Grant 2020-2026


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • GN Anthropology
  • environment
  • childhood and youth
  • climate change
  • memory
  • Arctic
  • Sustainability
  • human-animal relations
  • Russia
  • mobility
  • Siberia
  • post-Soviet, post-socialist transformations
  • collaboration
  • Interdisciplinarity


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