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Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) specializes in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law.

Projects at the Institute focus upon observing and analysing international negotiation processes, international organisations, the shaping of national positions in key countries, and the implementation of international obligations at the national and local levels. Implications for public and private sectors, as well as policy development in Norway are also an important concern.

FNI activities include academic studies, contracts for research, investigations and evaluations. The main disciplines are political science and law, but FNI researchers also hold degrees in economics, geography, social anthropology and history, and have special language and regional competence on Russia and China.

Current research has seven focal points:

Global environmental governance and lawGlobal environmental governance and law
   The efficiency of UN environmental organs
   Linkages between international environmental agreements
   Theoretical studies: Regime theory, institutional design and effectiveness
   International environmental law

Climate changeClimate change
   International climate negotiations, within and outside the UN
   Climate policies and domestic climate politics of key actors, including the EU, China, Russia and USA
   Climate-related energy policy
   Climate change adaptation capacity and policies

Law of the Sea and marine affairsLaw of the Sea and marine affairs
   Law of the Sea and maritime jurisdiction
   Regional marine issues (incl. Arctic, Barents Sea, NE Atlantic, Antarctica and Adriatic)
   Maritime transport and environmental protection
   Marine pollution and ballast water issues
   International management of fisheries and whaling
   Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing

Biodiversity and genetic resourcesBiodiversity and genetic resources
   International agreements on biodiversity: Negotiations and implementation
   Biotechnology and biosafety
   Interacting regimes: Access to genetic resources versus patent legislation; bioprospecting
   Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; farmers' rights
   Forest politics and certification (ecolabelling)

Arctic and Russian politicsArctic and Russian politics
   Norwegian-Russian relations in the High North (environment, energy, fisheries, health, security and jurisdiction)
   Environmental and resource management policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states
   Political and economical framework for Russian oil and gas industry
   Regional politics of the Russian North
   International cooperation in the Arctic

European energy and environmental politicsEuropean energy and environmental politics
   EU climate change policy and greenhouse gas emissions trading
   Cooperation on transboundary pollution, marine issues and biodiversity
   European energy markets and policies
   Energy technology policy
   Corporate social responsibility

Chinese energy and environmental politicsChinese energy and environmental politics
   Climate policies
   Dam building, resettlement and water management
   Energy policies
   Environmental bureaucracy and law
   Arctic policies
 The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy, and resource management politics.
The Institute maintains a multi-disciplinary approach, with main emphasis on political science, economics, and international law.

Project lists:
   Selected ongoing projects
   Selected past projects

Related documents:
    Polhøgda i forskningens tegn ('Polhøgda: A Place of Research') (PDF, 2.0 MB, Norw)

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