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Olav Schram Stokke

Olav Schram StokkePosition at FNI: Research Professor

Academic background
   Full professor competence.
   Dr. Philos, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.
   Cand. polit., University of Oslo (political science, economics, history).

Professional experience
   Research Professor, FNI (since 2009, and current).
   Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (since 2013).
   Research Director, FNI (1997-2003).
   Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study (1999-2000).
   Fellow, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria (1995).
   Director of Polar Studies, FNI (1992-97).
   Research Fellow, FNI (1987-91).
   Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Oslo (1992).
   Assistant Professor, University of Tromsø (1987).

Main research interests
International political economy, with special emphasis on regime theory applied to regional cooperation and joint management of natural resources and the environment. Geographic focus on Polar regions, especially the European part of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Current substantive foci include Arctic climate change and environmental protection; fisheries management in the Northeast Atlantic; the compliance system of the climate Kyoto Protocol; institutional interaction, including between environmental and trade regimes; and the role of science in environmental governance.

Major publications


Stokke, Olav Schram, Disaggregating International Regimes: A New Approach to Evaluation and Comparison. Cambridge (USA), MIT Press, 2012, 348 p.

Oberthür, Sebastian and Olav Schram Stokke (eds), Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change. Cambridge (USA), MIT Press, 2011, 353 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram and Geir Hønneland (eds), International Cooperation and Arctic Governance: Regime Effectiveness and Northern Region Building. Hardback version. London, Routledge, 2007, 196 p. (Paperback version published in 2010)

Stokke, Olav Schram, Jon Hovi and Geir Ulfstein (eds), Implementing the Climate Regime - International Compliance. Earthscan, January 2005, 272 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram (ed), Governing High Sea Fisheries. The interplay of global and regional regimes. Oxford University Press, 2001, 365 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram and Davor Vidas (eds), Governing the Antarctic: The Effectiveness and Legitimacy of the Antarctic System. Cambridge University Press, 1996, 464 p.

Stokke, Olav Schram and Ola Tunander (eds), The Barents Region: Cooperation in Arctic Europe. London, Sage, 1994, 239 p.

Recent journal articles and book chapters

Stokke, Olav Schram and Arild Underdal, 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis'. In P.H. Pattberg and F. Zelli (eds), Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 141-147.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Fisheries and whaling'. In P.H. Pattberg and F. Zelli (eds), Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 364-372.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Institutional complexity in Arctic Governance: Curse or blessing?'. In L.C. Jensen and G. Hønneland (eds), Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 328-351.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Can Asian Involvement Strengthen Arctic Governance?'. In Leiv Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal (eds), Asian Countries and the Arctic Future. Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, 2016, pp. 51-60.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Asian Stakes and Arctic Governance'. Strategic Analysis, Vol 38, No 6, 2014, pp. 770-783.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Arctic Council'. In J.-F. Morin and A. Orsini (eds), Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. London, Routledge, 2015, pp. 7-9.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'International Environmental Governance and Arctic Security'. In R. Tamnes and K. Offerdal (eds), Geopolitics in the Arctic. Regional Dynamics in a Global World. London, Routledge, 2014, pp. 121-146.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Actor Configurations and Compliance Tasks in International Environmental Governance'. In Kanie, N., S. Andresen and P.M. Haas (eds), Improving Global Environmental Governance: Best Practices for Architecture and Agency. London/New York, Routledge, 2014, pp. 83-107.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'The Promise of Involvement: Asia in the Arctic'. Strategic Analysis, Vol 37, No 4, 2013, pp. 474-479.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Regime Interplay in Arctic Shipping Governance: Explaining Regional Niche Selection'. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol 13, No 1, 2013, pp. 65-85.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Environmental Security in the Arctic: The Case for Multi-Level Governance'. International Journal, Vol 64, No 4, 2011, pp. 835-848.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'International Fisheries Politics: From Sustainability to Precaution'. In Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds), International Environmental Agreements: An Introduction. London/New York, Routledge, 2012, pp. 97-116.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Internasjonale regimer' ('International Regimes'). In J. Hovi and R. Malnes (eds), Anarki, makt og normer. ('Anarchy, Power and Norms') Oslo, Abstrakt Forlag, 2011, pp. 271-299. In Norwegian.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Barents Sea Fisheries: The IUU Struggle', Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 1, No 2, 2010, pp. 207-224.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Protecting the Arctic Environment: The Interplay of Global and Regional Regimes'. The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol 1, 2009, pp. 349-370.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Trade Measures and the Combat of IUU Fishing: Institutional Interplay and Effective Governance in the Northeast Atlantic'. Marine Policy, Vol 33, 2009, pp. 339-349.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'A Legal Regime for the Arctic? Interplay with the Law of the Sea Convention'. Marine Policy, Vol 31, No 4, 2007, pp. 402-408.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Shaming, and International Regime Effectiveness'. Journal of Business Research, Vol 60, No 5, 2007, pp. 501-511.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, Olav Schram Stokke and Jørgen Wettestad, 'Soft Law, Hard Law, and Effective Implementation of International Environmental Norms'. Global Environmental Politics, Vol 6, No 3, 2006, pp. 104-120.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Trade Measures and Climate Compliance: Interplay Between WTO and the Marrakesh Accords'. International Environmental Agreements, Vol 4, No 4, 2004, pp. 339-357.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Managing Fisheries in the Barents Sea Loophole: Interplay with the UN Fish Stocks Agreement'. Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 32, No 3, 2001, pp. 241-62.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Nuclear Dumping in Arctic Seas: Russian Implementation of the London Convention'. In Victor, D.G., K. Raustiala and E. B. Skolnikoff (eds), The Implementation and Effectiveness of International Environmental Commitments: Theory and Practice. Cambridge (MA), MIT Press, 1998, pp. 475-517.

Recent commentary articles

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Norge, Kina og samspill i Arktis' ('Norway, China and Arctic Interplay'), Aftenposten, 01.02.2012. In Norwegian.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'En indre sirkel i Arktisk Råd?' ('An Inner Circle in the Arctic Council?'), Nordlys, 28.04.2010. In Norwegian.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Arctic Environmental Governance: Are New Regimes Needed?', The Circle, No 1, 1 April 2009.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Vitenskap og politikk i miljø- og ressursforvaltningen: Konkurranse, usikkerhet og gjennomslag' ('Science and Politics in Environmental and Resource Management: Competition, Uncertainty, and Influence'). Forskning for en bedre miljøforvaltning. Oslo, Research Council of Norway, 19 November 2008. In Norwegian.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Kampen om rovfisket i nord' ('The struggle over illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Barents Sea'). Aftenposten, 22 October 2005. In Norwegian.
(English version available here)
 Contact details
   (+47) 67111943
   olav.s.stokke (

 Complete CV can be downloaded here

 Related focal points of research

   Global governance and sustainable development
   Arctic and Russian politics
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Climate change

 Important ongoing projects

The AsiArctic Programme

 Important past projects

Toxics Diplomacy: Norway in International Cooperation Concerning Hazardous Substances and Trade (2010-2013).

Geopolitics in the High North: Climate Change, Energy Development, and Environmental Protection (2008-2013)

International Governance and Fisheries Management – Determining and Explaining the Effectiveness of International Regimes (2002-2009)

New Principles and Instruments of Environmental Governance and the Influence of Scientific Input (2005-2008)

Nordic Council of Ministers' Arctic Co-operation 2003-05: An Evaluation (2006-2007)

 Recent relevant FNI News

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

FNI at ISA (17.04.2013)

FNI to Play Key Role in New Research Centre on Ocean Law (12.04.2013)

 Recent media coverage:

'How to avoid Copenhagen in Paris', The Hindu, 03.10.2015.

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