OUR RESEARCH AREAS

  • Global 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 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 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 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)
       
  • Polar 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 environment

    • 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 environment

    • Climate policies
    • Dam building, resettlement and water management
    • Energy policies
    • Environmental bureaucracy and law
    • Arctic policies

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