My academic focus has centred on two main pillars: i) international fisheries management, with an emphasis on enforcement and compliance issues; ii) relations between Russia and the West, primarily Norway, in the European North. Within these two pillars, my main interest has gradually narrowed in on the legal aspects of international fisheries management (law of the sea) and the identity aspects of Russian foreign policy. I also have some experience in international Arctic politics more widely. Since 2021, I hold the position as Secretary General of the democracy and human rights advocacy group and think tank the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, but I maintain an adjunct professorship at FNI, contributing to projects on Svalbard politics and international ocean governance.


Academic background

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) (Law of the Sea), UiT - The Arctic University of Norway (2020)
  • Full professor competence (2004)
  • Dr. polit. (PhD, political science), University of Oslo (2000)
  • Cand. polit. (MA, political science), University of Tromsø (1993).
  • Cand. mag. (BA, political science , Russian and Polish languages, East European studies), University of Oslo (1990)

Professional experience

  • Secretary General, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (2021-) (adjunct research professor at FNI)
  • Senior Project Manager for Russia and Northern Europe, Lloyd’s Register (2019-2020)
  • Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2015-2019)
  • Deputy Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2014-2015)
  • Research Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2006-2014)
  • Head of Russia and Polar Programme, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2000-2005)
  • Research Fellow and PhD Student, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (1996-2000)
  • Researcher, Norut Research (1994-1995)
  • Interpreter and fisheries officer, Norwegian Coast Guard (1988-1993)
  • Various adjunct professorships at Norwegian universities and guest research stays abroadAdjunct Professor ("Professor II") at the Dept. of Political Science, University of Tromsø since 2005.


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