Katriina Siivonen PhD, works as University Teacher in Futures Studies at University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Center, where she has been working 2002-2011 and 2015-. Siivonen is Adjunct Professor in Cultural Heritage Studies, especially in applied cultural research at University of Turku since 2009. She has worked as Research Director in Nordic Ethnology at Åbo Akademi University (2011-2012), Senior Lecturer in Nordic Ethnology at Åbo Akademi University (2012-2013) and as Professor in European Ethnology (2014-2015) at University of Helsinki. Siivonen is chairperson of the Expert Committee nominated for the years 2014–2017 by Ministry of Education and Culture for the implementation of the UNESCOs Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Finland. Her research interests are cultural heritage, cultural sustainability, cultural identities, local development and participatory futures studies.