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Maria Kjær Waag

Maria Kjr WaagPosition at FNI: Master's Student

Academic background
   Master of Science in International Environmental Studies. Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). Depth of Study: "Environmental Governance".
   Exchange, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India: State and Civil Society in Environmental Governance in India.
   Bachelor in Biology. University of Oslo.
   Exchange, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. Conservation Biology, Fisheries Science and Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals, at ARC, Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
   Exchange, Universidad de Costa Rica: Ecology and Population Biology (focus: rain forest ecosystems), Tropical Marine Biology.

Professional experience
  World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Norway), all aspects of WWF's environmental work (2008-2011).
    — Conservation Department, Climate and energy department, International department, Communications department.
    — Media spokesperson.
    — Project responsibility: climate witness tour.
    — Head of Communications Department (stand-in, summer 09)
    — Earth Hour 2009 and 2010.
    — Representative of WWF at international conferences:
       - UNFCCC COP14 (Poznan 2008), COP15 (Copenhagen 2009).
       - Conference of Youth (COY), prior to the COPs (2008, -09) run by YOUNGO, the official youth network under the UNFCCC.
    — WWF-Norway's youth ambassador (2008-2010), e.g.:
       - "Ambassador of Change" for WWF International Arctic Program.
       - Lecture/seminar holder (climate/Arctic): schools, technical museum, organizations, etc.
    — Education trip to the Arctic: "Voyage for the Future".

  Filming freelance for NRK and WWF in Costa Rica, (rain forests/marine ecosystems).

Main research interests
   EU climate and energy policy
   Climate and energy law
   International Environmental Governance
   Institutions and the environment
   UK, Denmark and Norway's climate and energy policy


Jevnaker, Torbjørg, Tor Håkon Inderberg, Jørgen Wettestad and Maria Waag, Den britiske klimalovens første fem år: en oversikt over sentral nasjonal dynamikk og samspillet med EU ('The UK's Climate Change Act's first five years: an overview of domestic developments and interaction with the EU'). Oslo, Energi Norge, 2014, 24 p. In Norwegian.

 Contact details
    (+47) 67111904
   mkw (

 Related focal points of research

  European energy and environmental politics
   Climate change

 Important ongoing projects

Mitigating Long-Term Policy Problems: An Evaluation of the Impact of the Climate Change Act on Political Decisions in the UK (master thesis)

Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP)

Recent media coverage:

'Kartlegger virkninger av britisk klimalov' ('Mapping the Effects of British Climate Law'), Energi Norge, 13.02,2014. In Norwegian.

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