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Iselin Stensdal

Iselin StensdalPosition at FNI: Research Fellow

Academic background
   Master in Chinese Studies, University of Oslo (2010)
   Chinese Language Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai (2009)
   Bachelor in Asian Studies, (political science), University of Oslo (2007)

Main research interests
   Chinese environmental and climate policy.
   Social and political consequences of pollution/environmental degradation in China.
   Chinese energy security policy.
   Asian interest in the Arctic.
   General Chinese politics.

Recent publications

Journal articles

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Coming of age? Asian Arctic research, 2004-2013'. Polar Record, Vol 52, No 2, 2016, pp. 134-143.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Chinese Climate-Change Policy, 1988-2013: Moving On Up'. Asian Perspective, Vol 38, No 1, 2014, pp. 111-135.

Books and book chapters

Stensdal, Iselin, 'China: Every Day is a Winding Road'. In G. Bang, A. Underdal and S. Andresen (eds), The Domestic Politics of Global Climate Change. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 49-70.

Lunde, Leiv, Jian Yang and Iselin Stensdal (eds), Asian Countries and the Arctic Future. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, 2016, 292 p.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Arctic Mining: Asian Interests and Opportunities'. In Leiv Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal (eds), Asian Countries and the Arctic Future. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, 2016, pp. 155-167.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'The Future of the Arctic and the Asian Countries: Concluding Remarks'. In Leiv Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal (eds), Asian Countries and the Arctic Future. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, 2016, pp. 265-280.

Lunde, Leiv and Iselin Stensdal, 'Norsk ressurs- og miljøpolitikk mot 2030: Landing i Kina eller på månen?' ('Norwegian Resource and Environmental Policies Towards 2030: Landing in China or on the Moon?'). In Odd Mølster og Åsmund Weltzien (eds), Norge og det nye verdenskartet. Oslo, Cappelen Damm, 2013, pp. 80-105. In Norwegian.


Stensdal, Iselin, Asian Arctic Research 2005-2012: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. FNI Report 3/2013. Lysaker, FNI, 2013, 39 p.

Stensdal, Iselin, China’s Climate-Change Policy 1988-2011: From Zero to Hero? FNI Report 9/2012. Lysaker, FNI, 2012, 25 p.

Stensdal, Iselin, China’s Carbon-Intensity Target: Climate Actors and Policy Developments. FNI Report 3/2012. Lysaker, FNI, 2012, 34 p.

Commentary articles

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kina: Fra bremsekloss til klimapådriver?' ('China and climate: From laggard to front-runner?'). Norsk Klimastiftelse Rapport, No 4 2016, pp. 9-12. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'China’s GHG Mitigation: The Role of Local Governments', China Policy Institute Blog, 16.05.2016.

Stensdal, Iselin and Gørild Heggelund, 'New Climate Tune from China', Intasave, 21.12.2015.

Stensdal, Iselin and Gørild Heggelund, 'Nye klimatakter fra Kina' ('New climate measures from China'), Dagens Næringsliv, 29.11.2015. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'China and the Arctic: Where’s the Great Power Competition?', China Policy Institute Blog, 13.03.2015.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kinas nye revolusjon' ('China's New Revolution'), Dagens Næringsliv, 20.01.2015. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kan Kinas «krig mot forurensning» lykkes?' ('Can China's 'war on pollution' succeed?'), Energi og Klima, 14.03.2014. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kinas to ansikter' ('China's Two Faces'), Dagens Næringsliv, 25.11.2013. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Stø kurs i Kina' ('Steady Course in China'), Klima, No 3, 27.05.2013. In Norwegian.

Bang, Guri, Iselin Stensdal and Solveig Aamodt, 'Gigantene avgjør i Doha' ('The Giants Decide in Doha'), Dagens Næringsliv, 04.12.2012. In Norwegian.

Underdal, Arild, Iselin Stensdal, Jon Birger Skjærseth and Guri Bang, 'Nøkkelaktører låser klimaforhandlingene' ('Key Actors Lock the Climate Negotiations'), Dagsavisen, 13.12.2011. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Viktige røster i salen: Kina: I økonomisk vekst', Klima, 25.11.2011.

 Contact details
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 Related focal points of research

   Chinese energy and environmental politics
   Climate change

 Important ongoing projects

The AsiArctic Programme

Capacity to Govern Climate Mitigation in China and Russia.

Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP)

Designing Effective Emissions Trading: The Contribution of International Diffusion (ETS-DIFFUSION)

 Important past projects

Conditions for Change in International Climate Policy: The Role of China, the EU and the US (2009-2013)

Recent relevant FNI News:

Book launch in Shanghai: Asian Countries and the Arctic Future (30.10.2015)

New book: Asian Countries and the Arctic Future (28.08.2015)

The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) Officially Launched (09.01.2014)

Recent media coverage:

'Kina og ratifiseringen av Parisavtalen 3.9.16' ('China and its ratification of the Paris agreement'), NRK Dagsnytt atten, 06.09.2016. In Norwegian.

'COP21: China's climate progress from Copenhagen to Paris', gbTimes, 10.12.2015.

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