I am a Norwegian researcher, writer and activist, currently at CICERO Centre for International Climate Research, and the University of Oslo’s TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture.
My research and writing focuses on questions of democracy and justice in relation to climate change and fossil fuel extraction. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between scientific expertise and political processes. My disciplinary background is in sociology, intellectual history and international relations, and my PhD project in Science and Technology Studies (STS) dealt with how global climate knowledge shapes national and international policymaking. I have also written about the North/South dimensions of climate justice, fossil fuels in climate policy, and the history of oil and climate politics in Norway.
Prior to becoming a researcher, I have worked with a number of NGOs and activist networks on climate justice and environmental issues, both in Norway and internationally. I am currently on the board of Minor Foundation for Major Challenges, a grantmaking foundation focused on climate change activism and communication. From 2008 to 2015, I worked with Rainforest Foundation Norway and Friends of the Earth Norway on international climate policy, and in 2006-2007, I headed the Norwegian youth group Natur og Ungdom (Young Friends of the Earth Norway).
In addition to research and activism, I have always been interested in literature, theatre, and the potential of artistic expressions more broadly in shaping the conditions for social change and political action. I am currently particularly interested in the role of oil in Norwegian culture, and how new understandings of the Anthropocene may resonate with longer (counter)cultural currents in Norwegian history.