My main research interests are environmental politics, civil society, public participation, democratization and development aid in post-socialist states. Geographically, my research has especially focused on Armenia, the South Caucasus, Russia, and more recently Poland. I have carried out a number of program evaluations of Norwegian and Western support mechanisms in the region, ranging from cultural exchange programs to deployment of security personnel in conflict zones. New areas of interest are the management of plant genetic resources in the post-Soviet area and new modes of mobility in urban development.


Academic background

  • PhD, University of Oslo (Social Anthropology) (2017)
  • Master in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, (social anthropology, history of ideas, Russian and East European studies) (2005).

Professional experience

  • Research Director Marine and Polar Issues (since 2019).
  • Senior Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (since 2017).
  • Guest researcher, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo (August 2015-March 2016).
  • Member of the Board and Council at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2015 - 2019).
  • Academic advisor at Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo and International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (since 2009).
  • Examiner at Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning, University of Tromsø and Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo (since 2009).
  • Director of the Russia Programme at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2008-2010)
  • Research Fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2006-2017)


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