I am an investigative journalist, documentary photographer and awarded nonfiction author from Finland, working around the world: Thailand, South Africa, the Arctic around Svalbard, USA, occupied Palestinian territories, Central Asia, West and Southeast Africa, former Yugoslavia, and around Latin America & Europe.
Since January 2018 I have been working full-time on a non-fiction book & research project about the assimilation experiences of the Finnish Sámi Indigenous people and the ownership of the arctic nature in Sámi native region. I collaborate with journalist and co-author Jaana Kanninen, our book will be published in late 2019 by Kustantamo S&S. The project is funded by Kone Foundation and the Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers.
During 2014–2017 I worked as a PhD student and project coordinator at the University of Helsinki. My doctoral dissertation is part of the project Learning in Productive Social Movements on homelessness, housing and land rights in the US, Spain, South Africa and Finland, funded by the Academy of Finland.
As a freelance journalist and documentary photographer I contribute mainly to Yle News, Yle Radio 1 and Maailman Kuvalehti magazine, as well I collaborate with many other media and organizations, most recently with the Finnish League for Human Rights, also I’m a blogger at Image magazine. I’m a member of the The Finnish Association of Photojournalists and the Association for Investigative Journalism in Finland.
I’m interested in observing structural poverty and inequality, human rights, world trade at grass-roots levels, consequences of climate change and the arctic recourse race from the environmental and indigenous rights point of view.
Best Regards, Kukka Ranta