My main research interests are within the fields of Arctic security, Arctic governance, science-policy interface, and the Arctic Council. My PhD (Political Science) was on the Norwegian defence establishment’s encounter with new post-cold war realities, emphasizing, among other things, security in the Arctic. In recent years, however, my main research focus has been on Arctic and global environmental governance, maritime safety issues in the Arctic, science-policy influence, and the Arctic Council. I have published a number of books, articles in academic journals and reports on these issues and have broad experience with presenting my research to relevant stakeholders.


Academic background

  • Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Tromsø, Norway (2009).
  • Cand. Polit. (Master) in Political Science, University of Tromsø, Norway (2002).
  • Cand. Mag. (Bachelor), University of Tromsø/University of Oslo (1998).

Professional experience

  • Senior research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (since 2007)
  • Associate Professor II, Bjørknes Høyskole (since 2020)
  • Teaching, Introduction to International Relations, junior courses, Tromsø (fall 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
  • Teaching, Changing concepts of security, The High North, Norwegian Defence, climate change, senior course (2003-2015)
  • External and internal examiner, International Politics, Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø, Norway
  • Teaching supervisor, bachelor and master level, Tromsø and Oslo, Norway
  • Course developer, International relations, security politics and Arctic governance, bachelor and master level, Tromsø (UiT), Bardufoss (UiT), Oslo (Bjørknes Høyskole), Norway
  • Conference organizer, Environmental politics, International law, Security politics, Human security, Arctic Council


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