Staff

LEADERSHIP

Poul Wisborg, PhD - Head of Department 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 54 (poul.wisborg@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Land, development, social justice, human rights, tenure, political ecology.
Curriculum vitae  
Publications in Cristin
Poul's Mendeley Web profile page

PERMANENT ACADEMIC STAFF 

Jens B. Aune, Dr. Scient. - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 18 (jens.aune@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: agro-ecology, Integrated Plant Nutrition Management, carbon sequestration and rural development, bio-economical modeling and linkages agricultural development and environment.
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Tor A. Benjaminsen, PhD - Professor 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 53 (t.a.benjaminsen@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: drylands, land tenure, environmental narratives, political ecology, environmental history.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Cassandra Bergstrøm, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 06 (cassandra.bergstrom@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: health and development, environmental health, rights and obligations, access, property issues, animate property, rule regimes, indigenous studies, inter-disciplinarity.
Curriculum vitae 
Publications 

Ian Bryceson, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 46 (ian.bryceson@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: coastal and marine ecology, aquaculture, aquatic resource management, integrated coastal zone management. 
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Lars Olav Eik, PhD - Professor 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 22 (lars.eik@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: small ruminant nutrition and production systems both in temperate and tropical countries. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Siri Eriksen, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 64 96 53 38 (siri.eriksen@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Social vulnerability to environmental change, in particular climatic variability and extremes such as droughts and floods.
Curriculum vitae
Publications 

Katharina Glaab, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 87 (Katharina.glaab@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Global change; International Relations theory; global environmental politics; religion and politics. 
Curriculum vitae

Erik Gómez-Baggethun, PhD - Professor
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 88 (erik.gomez@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: General: ecological economics, political ecology;
Specific: environmental governance, environmental values, ecosystem services, environmental justice, resilience, global environmental change.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Nina Græger, PhD - Associate Professor II (20%)
Phone: +47 918 48 675 (nina.grager@nmbu.no; ng@nupi.no
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Stig Jarle Hansen PhD  - Professor (On sabbatical until August 2017)
Phone: +47 67 23 13 62  (stig.hansen@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Organised crime, religion and politics and political theory.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Ruth Haug, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 39 (ruth.haug@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: rural development studies with focus on agriculture, food- and livelihood security; hunger, peace and violent conflicts, forced migration, sustainable use and management of natural resources; agricultural extension, participation and community development .
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Morten Jerven, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 75 (morten.jerven@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Global change; International relations; Economic development in Africa; Development economics
Publications

Darley Jose Kjosavik, PhD - Professor (On sabbatical until August 2017) 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 34 (darley.kjosavik@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Political economy of development with special reference to marginalised classes and social groups, conflict and livelihoods, gender & development, climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Randi Kaarhus, PhD
Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 61 (randi.kaarhus@nmbu.no
Professional interests: Science and politics, local knowledge, biodiversity, democracy and accountability, participatory approaches, discourse analysis. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Esben Leifsen, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 28 (esben.leifsen@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Development theory, economic anthropology, natural resource conflicts, indigenous rights, social marginalization, water & rights issues, transnational migration, anthropological studies of the State, urban studies, childhood studies.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Andrei Florin Marin, PhD - Researcher
Phone: +47 67 23 13 21 (andrei.marin@nmbu.no
Professional interests: climate change vulnerability and adaptation in socio-ecological systems; pastoralism; multiple stressors; globalization,development studies; access and rights to resources. 
Curriculum vitae
Publications

John Andrew McNeish, PhD - Professor 
Phone: +47 64 96 53 41 (john.mcneish@nmbu.no
Professional interests: Regions/Countries of Interest: Latin America, Bolivia, Guatemala Professional Interests: Political Anthropology, Indigenous Rights and Politics, Political Participation, Energy and Natural Resource Politics, Legal Pluralism, Gender Relations, Development Theory, Violence, Poverty and Social Marginalization 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications 

Lyla Mehta, PhD - Professor II (20%)
Phone: +44 (0)1273 915677; +47 64 96 52 00; (L.Mehta@ids.ac.uk; lyla.mehta@nmbu.no
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Elisabeth Molteberg - Lecturer
Phone: +47 67 23 13 10 (
elisabth.molteberg@nmbu.no)

Andrea Nightingale, PhD - Professor II (20%)
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 00 (andrea.joslyn.nightingale@nmbu.no
Professional interests: climate change adaptation and transformation debates; public authority, collective action and state formation; and feminist work on emotion and subjectivity in relation to theories of development, collective action and cooperation.
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Ingrid Nyborg, PhD- Associate Professor 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 25 (ingrid.nyborg@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: gender, resource management, food and livelihood security, social networks, participation, mountain communities.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Gufu Oba, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 2 313 47 (gufu.oba@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: range management, ecosystem, pastoralism and pastoral development, climate change and the rangelands, pastoral production, droughts, range ecology, environmental history, indigenous knowledge of pastoral peoples, local communities participation in environmental conventions.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Bishal K. Sitaula, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 64 96 53 25 (bishal.sitaula@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: global change, greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration, land degradation, ecosystem restoration, soil erosion, watershed management, soil quality, water quality, soil pollution.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Espen Sjaastad, Dr. Scient. - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 32 (espen.sjaastad@nmbu.no)
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Kirsti Stuvøy, PhD - Associate Professor 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 52 (kirsti.stuvoy@nmbu.no
Profesional interests: Security, violence and legitimacy in international politics; NGOs and power; Russian politics and civil society development.
Publications

Gry Synnevåg, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 64 96 53 22 (gry.synnevag@nmbu.no)
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Arild Vatn, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 03 (arild.vatn@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Theoretical work in institutional and ecological economics. Empirical areas of interest: Environmental governance, policies related to global warming and biodiversity protection, pollution control, land management, conflict management and multifunctional agriculture.
Curriculum vitae > NMBU Competence Catalogue 
Publications

Pål Vedeld, PhD - Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 11 (pal.vedeld@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Environmental governance, politics, planning and management, legitimacy of governance and participation, environmental resources and local livelihoods and dependence,
protected areas policies and politics, agricultural, resource and development economics: peasant household economics; production, poverty and environmental issues, theories in and for interdisciplinarity.  
Curriculum vitae
Publications
Engov website

Mensur Vegara, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone: +47 67 23 13 20 (mensur.vegara@nmbu.no)
Mobile phone: +47 906 38 884
Professional interests: Animal breeding, animal production, farming systems; Programme and project co-ordination and management; Institutional cooperation; Agricultural engineering and consulting.
Curriculum vitae
Publications

William Warner, PhD - Senior Lecturer/Head of NMBU Writing Centre 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 40 (william.warner@nmbu.no)
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Ola Westengen, PhD - Associate Professor
Phone +47 67 23 13 05 (ola.westengen@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: agrobiodiversity; conservation and genetic resources; food security; adaptation to climate change; tropical ecology
NMBU staff page (including publications)

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS 

Hans Nicolai Adam, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +47 67 23 13 58 (hans.adam@nmbu.no)
Publications

Paul R. Belesky, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +47 67 23 13 37 (paul.r.belesky@nmbu.no)

Connor Cavanagh, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
e- mail: (connor.cavanagh@nmbu.no)
Publications

Shai André Divon, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +47 67 23 13 51 (shai.divon@nmbu.no)
Publications

Lutgart Lenaerts, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +47 67 23 13 59 (lutgart.lenaerts@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: climate change adaptation; humanitarian interventions; pastoralism; social and social-ecological interactions in natural resource management; development studies; political ecology; Ethiopia
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Kristine Skarbø, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: +47 67 23 13 15 (kristine.skarbo@nmbu.no)
Professional interests: Ecological and environmental anthropology; links between climatic, agricultural and societal change; agricultural biodiversity; seed systems; food & farming systems;natural resource management; rural development.
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

 
PhD FELLOWS

Meseret Tsige Abebe (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 00 (meseret.abebe@nmbu.no)
Research Topic: Effects of Climate Smart Agriculture on gender relationship and livelihood security among southern Ethiopian women farmers
Institution: Hawassa University
Main Supervisor: Gry Synnevåg

Abiyot Eliyas Anbacha (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (abiyot.anbacha@nmbu.no)
Title: The nexus between gender and climate change: vulnerability and adaptation strategies among Pastoral Women of Borena, Ethiopia
Supervisor(s): Darley Kjosavik and Gufu Oba

Awais Arifeen (Pakistan)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 18 (awais.arifeen@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Humanitarian Assistance vs. Local needs in Climate Change perspective-A case study of Pakistan
Supervisor(s): Siri Eriksen

Paul Beaumont (UK)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 85  (paul.beaumont@nmbu.no)
Title: Status Games in World Politics
Supervisor(s): Kirsti Stuvøy and Benjamin de Carvalho (NUPI)

Yeshtila Wondemeneh Bekele (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 64 96 52 00 (yestila.bekele@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Technology of Rule and Poverty in Ethiopia: A Study in political economy
Supervisor(s): Darley Kjosavik, N. Shanmugaratnam and Philippe Schmitter (European University Institute)
Curriculum vitae

Grete Benjaminsen (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (grete.benjaminsen@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Implementing REDD in Zanzibar Forests: An investigation of process, actors and discources
Supervisor(s): Randi Kaarhus and John Andrew McNeish
Publications

Mikael Bergius (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 82 (mikael.bergius@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Turning Towards a Corporate Food Regime in Tanzania? - Drivers, Impacts, and Reactions
Supervisor(s): Tor A Benjaminsen and Ola Westengen

Ingunn Bjørkhaug (Norway)
PhD candidate - Development studies
Phone: +47 22 08 86 68 (ingunn.bjorkhaug@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Displaced populations and the National population in Uganda and Liberia
Supervisor(s): Pål Vedeld and Morten Bøås (NUPI)
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Jill Tove Buseth (Norway)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 67 (jill.buseth@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Global discourses and local realities of the green economy: implications of transferring the green shift from policy to practice, with a focus on the SAGCOT initiative in Tanzania.
Supervisor: Tor A. benjaminsen and Frances Cleaver

Eva Dögg Davidsdottir (Iceland)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 89 (eva.dogg.davidsdottir@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Compensating forest lost- A political ecology of afforestation projects in tribal India.
Supervisor(s): Tor A Benjaminsen and Nitin Rai (ATREE)

Mohamed Gaas (Somalia)
PhD candidate - Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (mohamed.gaas@nmbu.no)
Reseach topic: The role and the impact of Somali Diaspora in conflicts, peace and state buildings, and reconstructing of Somalia.
Supervisor: Stig Jarle Hansen, Morten Bøås (NUPI) and N. Shanmugaratnam
Publications

Hadsh Tesfa Gebreab (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (hadsh.tesfa.gebreab@nmbu.no)
Title: Urban land tenure security in Ethiopia: a critical study of the law and practice in the Tigray Regional state.
Supervisor: Erling Berge (ILP), Co-supervisor Espen Sjaastad

Girmay Kahsay Gebremeskel (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 79 (girmay.kahsay.gebremeskel@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Water Conservation and Harvesting in Drylands of Northern Ethiopia: Adoption and its Impacts on Rural Livelihoods.
Supervisors: Espen Sjaastad, Jens Aune and Girmay Tesfay (Mekelle University)

Selam Ataklt Hailemichael (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 27 (selam.hailemichael@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Sustainable agricultural intensification and gender.
Supervisor(s): Ruth Haug, Espen Sjaastad and Menale Kassie (Cimmyt)

Tomohiro Harada (Japan)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 95 (Tomohiro.harada@nmbu.no)
Research Topic: Majority Rules? Process of Influence by the Minority in the Arctic Sustainable Development
Main supervisor: Katharina Glaab

Cornelia Helmcke (Germany)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 81 (cornelia.helmcke@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Counterwork at the interface. The contestation of compensation at el Quimbo dam, Colombia
Supervisor(s): Esben Leifsen and John McNeish

Cecilie von Hirsch (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environement and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (cecilie.hirsch@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Participation, power and the politics of environmental governance: A political ecology study of forest and environmental policies and outcomes in Bolivia
Supervisor: John McNeish, Pål Vedeld and Mariella A. Støen (SUM)
Publications

Camilla Houeland (Norway)
PhD candidate - Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 30 (camilla.houeland@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Nigerian Trade Unions navigating within the political economy of oil
Supervisor(s): John McNeish and Morten Bøås (NUPI)
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Ingvild Jacobsen (Norway)
PhD candidate - Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (ingvild.jacobsen@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Womens' security in a post-conflict context
Supervisor(s): Ingrid Nyborg and Shaheen Sardar Ali
Publications

Yonas Berhanu Jagisso (Ethiopia)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 00 (yona.berhanu.jagisso@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Livelihood diversification potentials of climate smart based agriculture and adaptation to climate change in southern Ethiopia
Main supervisor: Jens Aune, Lars Olav Eik, Ayana Angassa (Hawassa University) and Ajebu Nurfeta (Hawassa University)
Curriculum vitae

Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen, (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 64 96 52 00/ 41 23 45 81 (kathrine.ivsett.johnsen@nmbu.no)
Land-use conflicts in Finnmark - obstacles and opportunities for sustainable reindeer pastoralism.
Supervisor: Tor A. Benjaminsen and Inger Marie Gaup Eira (Sámi University College) 
Curriculum vitae
Publications

Moses Majid Limuwa (Malawi)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 64 (moses.majid.limuwa@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Fishing adaptation to climate change in Eastern Malawi: Fish catches, climate change perceptions, adaptation strategies and economic benefits.
Main supervisor: Bishal Sitaula, Espen Sjaastad, Trond Storebakken and Gry Synnevåg

Marainne Mosberg (Norway)
PhD candidate- Environment and Development Studies
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 94 (marianne.mosberg@nmbu.no)
research topic: Climate Change, Food Security and Conflict - A Study of Power and Politics in Southeastern Myanmar
Main supervisor: Siri Eriksen

Joseph Perfect Mrema (Tanzania)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies 
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 00 (joseph.mrema@nmbu.no
Research topic: Opportunities and challenges of linking forest conservation and livelihoods in community based forest management: The case of Duru- Haitemba Forest Reserve.
Supervisor(s): Tor Arve Benjaminsen and Espen Sjaastad

Teshome Hunduma Mulesa (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 70 (teshome.mulesa@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Seed security: a multilevel perspective on seed system development in Ethiopia.
Supervisor(s): Ola Westengen and Ruth Haug

Mary Gorett Nantongo (Uganda)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: + 47 67 23 13 43 (mary.nantongo@nmbu.no)
Research topic: A comparative analysis of livelihood and behavioral impacts of REDD+. Findings from pilot projects in Brazil, Tanzania and Uganda.
Supervisor(s): Arild Vatn and Pål Vedeld
Curriculum vitae

Erika Rojas (Colombia)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 26 (erika.rojas@nmbu.no)
Research topic: The Gendering of (In)Security in El Salvador: A study of “women’s” narratives of peace, community and policing.
Supervisor(s): Ingrid Nyborg and John McNeish

Raymond Achu Samndong (Cameroon)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 64 96 53 28 (raymond.samndong@nmbu.no; rayasboy@yahoo.com)
Research topic: An assessment of the legitimacy of the choice of governance structure for REDD+ at the local level in the Congo Basin Forest of DRC.
Supervisor(s): Arild Vatn, Darley Kjosavik and Glenn Bush
Publications

Dara Sands (Ireland)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phoen: + 47 67 23 13 93 (dara.sands@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Majority Rules? Process of Influence by the Minority in the Arctic Sustainable Development
Supervisor: Erik Gomez-Baggethun

Gaute Simensen (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 90 (gaute.simensen@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Capacity to Count and Govern: Statistical Capacity and Governance in Low Income Countries
Supervisor(s): Morten Jerven, Francesca Jensenius (NUPI) and Ole Jacob Sending (NUPI)

Michael Skjelderup (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 90 (Michael.skjelderup@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Militant Islamism and Clan in Somalia – A study of the Ogadeen clan, Mu’askar Ras Kamboni and al-Shabaab in Lower and Middle Jubba.
Supervisor(s): Stig Jarle Hansen and Stig Stenslie (Norwegian Intelligence College)

Ellen Stenslie (Norway)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +47 67 23 13 36 (ellen.stenslie@nmbu.no)
Corporate social responsibility, the benefit corporation and social entrepreneurship as new models for private environmental governance; Motivation, legimaticy and outcome
Supervisor: Arild Vatn, Beate Sjåfjell (University of Oslo)
Publications

Ognjen Zurovec (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
PhD candidate - Environment and Development Studies
Phone: +4767 23 13 44 (ognjen.zurovec@nmbu.no)
Research topic: Agriculture adaptation to climate change in Western Balkan: policy review, vulnerability, local knowledge and greenhouse gas fluxes.
Supervisor (s): Bishal Sitaula, Gry Synnevåg, Pål Vedeld and Peter Dörsch (IPM)
Curriculum vitae 

RETIRED BUT ACTIVE IN DEPARTMENT (PROJECTS/SUPERVISION)

Trygve Berg, Dr. Scient. 
Associate Professor emeritus
Phone: +47 67 23 13 12 (trygve.berg@nmbu.no
Professional interests: genetic resources, sustainable production systems. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Bill Derman, PhD
Professor emeritus 
Phone: +47 67 23 13 24; Mobile: +47 90217113 (bill.derman@nmbu.no
Professional interests: agrarian change, land and water reform, human rights, Southern and West Africa, resettlement. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications 

Thor S. Larsen, PhD  
Researcher emeritus
Phone: +47 67 23 13 14 Mobile: +47 90 92 92 82 (thor.s.larsen@nmbu.no
Professional interests: ecological research, wildlife population dynamics and management, management of protected areas and buffer zones,
community participation in development, environmental impact assessment. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam, PhD
Professor emeritus   
Phone: +47 67 23 13 45 (n.shanmugaratnam@nmbu.no
Professional interests: Political Economy and Institutional Economics; Policy and institutional aspects of rural development,
Reconstruction of war-affected societies, Natural resource management. 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications 
Selected articles and lectures

EMERITUS

Stein W. Bie, PhD 
E-mail: steinbie@online.no 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Lars Sjøflot, Dr. Scient. 
Professor emeritus 
E-mail: lars.sjoflot@nmbu.no 
Curriculum vitae 
Publications

Frik Sundstøl, Dr. Scient. 
Professor emeritus 
E-mail: frik.sundstol@nmbu.no
Publications

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