land relations

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In land relations, understanding of human’s relationship with the Earth is formed through scientific knowledge and sensory experiences.

Economic activity is dependent on land and its use. People use and modify the soil in one way or another for food production, technological industries, renewable energy sources, and forestry. According to a recent study, as a result of human activity, less than 3% of the world’s communities are in their natural state (Plumptre et al. 2021), or in other words, “untouched nature”.

Therefore, at Untame, we examine people’s relationships with land, soil, other actors, and “inanimate” nature. We explore, among other things, how land use is linked to issues of livelihood and survival, the various land relationships that exist in the economy, and how the relationship with the Earth shapes both people’s understanding of the economy and their actions in the economy. We believe that studying land relationships enables examination of unspoken assumptions that guide actions and delving into the root causes of the planetary ecological crisis.


Kallio, G. (2020) On death and (un)natural dying, Sustainable Change Research Network -Blog

Kallio, G. & Rinkinen, J. (2020) In the shadows of carbon, Sustainable Research Network -Blog


Members of Untame are involved in the “Our Forests” citizen movement, which promotes multilateral dialogue on the use and significance of forests during the ecological crisis.

Untame was part of organizing a workgroup “Organizing for a Living Earth: Beyond Human-centered Analyses of Organization and Management“, in EGOS colloquium, 8-10.7.2021

What kind of land relations do we need in the era of ecological crisis?

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