Recent projects

Systems thinking in the study of religion and culture

Systems thinking, especially Intentional Systems Theory has a fundamental role in the ethnographic studies of religion and culture. My two books on the topic and one dealing with Lauri Honko’s theory of culture (co-authored with Pekka Hakamies) can be found at the homepage of The Edwin Mellen Press:

Regional sustainablity – ecosystem services and environmental technology, Regsus (2010-2013). In this project, funded by the Academy of Finland, we have studied the adoption of intelligent monitoring technology in agricultural systems. We have utilized the theories of both cognitive ethnography and ecology in trying to understand the complexity of human-environment systems. The homepage of our project is

Cultural systems, folk religion and modernization in the Amazon, Amacult (2007-2010) is another project funded by the Academy of Finland. We studied the adaptation of folk religion as a part of larger cultural systems in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. The homepage for the project can be found here:



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