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Leif Christian Jensen

Leif Christian JensenPosition at FNI: Senior Research Fellow

Academic background
   PhD, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning, University of Tromsø, 2013.
   Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Tromsø, 2006.
   Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2003 (political science).
   Bachelor of Marketing (BM) in Marketing, Information and Public Relations, Norwegian School of Management BI- School of Marketing, 2002.

Main research interests
   Politics and international relations in the European Arctic, focusing on security and energy issues.
   Norwegian domestic and foreign policy discourses.
   Securitization and the European Arctic.
   The deepening and widening of the concept of security.
   Implementation of international regimes related to agricultural biodiversity
   Post-structuralist IR theory
   Discourse analysis
   Norwegian foreign policy in the Arctic region
   Norwegian energy policy in the Arctic region

Major publications


Jensen, Leif Christian, International Relations in the Arctic: Norway and the Struggle for Power in the New North. London, I.B. Tauris, 2016, 288 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Geir Hønneland (eds), Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, 620 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Norway on a High in the North: A Discourse Analysis of Policy Framing. Doctoral dissertation, University of Tromsø, 2012, 155 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, Geir Hønneland and Leif Christian Jensen, Småstat og energistormakt: Norges sikkerhetspolitiske rolle i nord ('Small State and Energy Great Power: Norway's Security-Policy Role in the High North'). Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2008, 136 p. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir and Leif Christian Jensen, Den nye nordområdepolitikken: Barentsbilder etter årtusenskiftet ('The New Norwegian Politics in the High North: Barents Images after the Turn of the Millennium'). Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2008, 177 p. In Norwegian.

Articles and book chapters

Hønneland, Geir and Leif Christian Jensen, 'Norway's Approach to the Arctic: Politics and Discourse'. In L.C. Jensen and G. Hønneland (eds), Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 462-481.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'The Times They Are A- Changin’: Norsk sikkerhet og usikkerhet i nordområdene' ('The Times They Are A-Changin': Norwegian Security and Insecurity in the High North'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 72, No 1, 2014, pp. 7-29. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'The High North Represents the Potential, the Optimism, the Tensions and the Bridge'. Barents Studies, Vol 1, No 1, 2014, pp. 128-131.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Berit Kristoffersen, 'Nord-Norge som ressursprovins. Storpolitik, risiko og virkelighetskamp' ('Northern Norway as a Resource Province. High Politics, Risks and Battles over Reality'). In Svein Jentoft, Jens-Ivar Nergård, Kjell Arne Røvik (eds), Hvor Går Nord-Norge? Politiske Tidslinjer. Stamsund, Orkana Akademisk, 2013, pp. 67-81. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Seduced and Surrounded by Security: A Post-Structuralist Take on Norwegian High North Securitizing Discourses'. Cooperation and Conflict, Vol 48, No 1, 2013, pp. 80-99.

Kristoffersen, Berit and Leif Christian Jensen, 'Nordområdepolitikken: A license to drill?' ('The Norwegian High North Initiative: A License to Drill?'). Tvergastein, Vol 1, No 2, 2012, pp. 74-80. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Norwegian petroleum extraction in Arctic waters to save the environment: introducing ‘discourse co-optation’ as a new analytical term', Critical Discourse Studies, Vol 9, No 1, 2012, pp. 29-38.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Norwegian Foreign Policy in the High North: Energy, International Law and Security'. Atlantisch Perspectief, Vol 35, No 3, 2011, pp. 15-19.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Geir Hønneland, 'Framing the High North: Public Discourses in Norway after 2000'. Acta Borealia, Vol 8, No 1, 2011, pp. 37-54.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Norsk oljeboring for å hjelpe miljøet: Diskurskooptering som nytt analytisk begrep' ('Norwegian Oil Drilling to Help the Environment: Introducing "Discourse Cooptation" as a New Analytical Term'). Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, Vol 26, No 3, 2010, pp. 185-203. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Pål Wilter Skedsmo. 'Approaching the North: Norwegian and Russian Foreign Policy Discourses on the European Arctic'. Polar Research, Vol 29, 2010, pp. 439-450.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Sitting on Top of the World: The Arctic Seen through Norwegian Lenses'. In Viviane du Castel (ed), Le Grand Nord: Un nouvel enjeu trés courtisé. L'exemple de la mer de Barents, Norvége. Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010, pp. 19-30.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Petroleum Discourse in the European Arctic: The Norwegian Case'. Polar Record, Vol 43, No 3, 2007, pp. 247-254.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Boring som miljøargument? Norske petroleumsdiskurser i nordområdene ('Drilling for the Environment? Norwegian Petroleum Discourses in the High North'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 64, No 3, 2006, pp. 295-309. In Norwegian.

Reports and other publications

Jensen, Leif Christian, "Boring for miljøet": Russland og miljø i den norske petroleumsdiskursen ('"Drilling for the Environment": Russia and the Environment in the Norwegian Petroleum Discourse'). FNI report 2/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006. 62 p. In Norwegian

Jensen, Leif Christian, Russland og miljø i den norske petroleumsdebatten: Et diskursanalytisk perspektiv (Russia and Environment in the Norwegian Pertroleum Debate: A Discourse-Analytical Perspective. Master thesis in political science submitted to the Faculty of Social Science, University of Tromsø, 2006.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Posisjonering av Norsk Hydro overfor viktige interessenter. Kommunikasjonstiltak, Lobbyvirksomhet, Mediekontakt ('Positioning of Norsk Hydro in Relation to Important Stakeholders. Communication Measures, lobbying, Media Contact'). BA thesis, Norwegian School of Management BI- School of marketing, 2001, 54 p.

Commentary articles

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Olje- og gasskompromiss i nord?' ('Compromise on Oil and Gas in the North?'), Nordlys, 23.07.2010. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'NATO i nord?' ('NATO in the North?'), Nordlys, 15.06.2010. In Norwegian.

Skedsmo, Pål og Leif Christian Jensen, 'Stein på stein i nord' ('New building blocks in the North?'), Nordlys, 26 March 2009. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Pål Skedsmo, 'Sjtokman sett med Jahnsens øyne' ('Shtokman Seen with the Eyes of Lasse Jahnsen'). Dagbladet, 3 August 2006. In Norwegian.

Skedsmo, Pål and Leif Christian Jensen, 'Norge – i førersetet i nord?' ('Norway – In Pole Position in the North?'). Klassekampen, 5 April 2006. In Norwegian.
Contact details

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 Related focal points of research

   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics

 Important ongoing projects

Science and Business in Arctic Environmental Governance (POLGOV).

International Objectives for Adaptation, Access and Benefit Sharing: Effects on the Management of Plant Genetic Resources in India and Nepal

 Important past projects

Strategic Resources and Security in the High North – Challenges for Norway (2007-2013)

International Collaboration in the Arctic (2003-2009)

Recent relevant FNI News:

Leif Christian Jensen Obtains PhD on Norwegian Discourses of the High North (24.01.2013)

Recent media coverage:

'I Norge er olien god for miljøet' ('In Norway, oil is good for the environment'), Information, 29.04.2016. In Danish.

'Analysis gone wrong', Arctic Journal, 14.04.2016.

'Drilling for the environment', Arctic Journal, 11.04.2016.

'International relations in the Arctic. Norway and the struggle for power in the new north (book review)', Polar Record, 31.03.2016.

'Bob Dylan og forskerne' ('Bob Dylan and the researchers'), NRK P2 Spillerom, 09.02.2016. In Norwegian.

'Derfor er Kystvakten i Forsvaret' ('The reason why the Norwegian Coast Guard is part of the military'), Sunnmørsposten, 11.11.2015. In Norwegian.

'Island er blant de nybakte arktiske statene' ('Iceland Is Among the New Arctic States'), Nordlys, 03.06.2014. In Norwegian.

'Regulating biodiversity in India and Nepal', Research Council of Norway News, 10.01.2014.

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