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About the Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteThe Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.

Within this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:

   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

The main disciplines are political science and international law, but FNI researchers also hold degrees in economics, geography, history and social anthropology, and have special language and regional competence on Russia and China.

FNI currently has a staff of around 35, including around 25 full-time researchers and 3-6 students.

FNI's activities include academic studies, contract research, investigations and evaluations.

FNI's sources of funding include the Research Council of Norway, various Norwegian public bodies, business associations and private companies, the European Commission and international research foundations. Annual turnover is around 30 million NOK.

FNI collaborates extensively with other research institutions and individual researchers, in Norway and abroad. It strives to make its expertise available and relevant to users as well as to the public at large. FNI research is published in international scholarly journals and books. The institute also has its own report series. In addition, it publishes a bi-annual newsletter – The FNI Newsletter.

FNI is the research arm of The Fridtjof Nansen Foundation at Polhøgda, established in 1958 to conduct research within the interest areas of Fridtjof Nansen and to maintain the property of Polhøgda, Nansen's home. The Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board, elected by a Council. The Board appoints the Institute Director for periods of four years.
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Fridtjof Nansen Fridtjof Nansen and Polhøgda 
 FNI is located at Polhøgda, outside Oslo, Norway. Polhøgda was the home of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death in 1930. His grave is in the garden in front of the manor.


 Related documents
    FNI Board and Council
   Statutes (PDF)
   Partnerships
   Polhøgda i forskningens tegn ('Polhøgda: A Place of Research') (PDF, Norw)
   Annual Report 2005 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2006 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2007 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2008 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2009 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2010 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2011 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2012 (PDF)
   Annual Report 2013 (PDF)


 Brochures (PDF)
    FNI presentation brochure (Eng)
   Nordområdeforskning ved FNI ('FNI's Research on the High North') (Norw)
   FNI Research on Biological Diversity (Eng)
   Law of the Sea research at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Eng)



 FNI's organization number:
944 137 238


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Fridtjof Nansen Institute
P.O. Box 326, 1326 Lysaker, Norway. Tel: (+47) 67111900 / E-mail: post (+@fni.no)