My research interests are mainly within the fields of climate and energy policy and politics, as well as environmental policy. This includes policy adoption and influence on these, as well as the shaping of political processes. Another general area of my work is oriented towards different kinds of effects of policies on climate and energy low carbon transition. These foci include work on smart metering policy, emissions trading, EU geoeconomics, electricity decentralization policies, prosuming, Carbon Capture and Storage, and over the last few years also windpower licensing. I have published work from jurisdictions like Norway and the Nordics, Germany, the EU, New Zealand, and the UK, using a varied social science approaches.


Academic background

  • Full professor competence (2021)
  • PhD, Dept. of Political Science, University of Oslo (2012)
  • Master of Science in Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (2007)
  • Bachelor in political science, Lillehammer University College (2004)


Professional experience

  • Research Professor, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (since Dec. 2020)
  • Ass. Prof. 2, Department of Technology Studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. 15% position (Since Jan. 2021)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Dec 2012–Nov 2020)
  • Director of European Programme, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Sep 2011–Jan 2019)
  • Research Fellow & PhD student, European Energy and Environmental Politics, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Oct 2007–Dec 2012)
  • Several shorter stays as Visiting Academic, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand (2015- 2018)



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