Katriina Siivonen is vice director of the Finland Futures Research Centre and a university teacher in Futures Research. Previously she worked as professor of Ethnology at the University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University and as senior researcher of Futures Studies at the University of Turku. She is adjunct professor in Cultural Heritage Studies, especially applied cultural studies at the University of Turku.
Her research excellence is in cultural heritage, cultural sustainability, ethnography, qualitative futures research, and participatory futures methodology. She has and has had several national expert duties in heritage and museum administration in Finland. For instance, she is currently chairperson of the Expert Committee nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture for the implementation of the “UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Finland”, administrated by National Board of Antiquities.
Katriina Siiivonen has received several honours for her work concerning societal and cultural participation. The project “Culture as a Resource of Countryside” (KULMA, https://www.utu.fi/en/units/ffrc/research/project-archive/socio/Pages/kulma.aspx), for example, was nominated as a national example in the European Year 2009 Creativity and Innovation (http://www.create2009.europa.eu/projects/participating_ countries/suomi_finland.html).