Research projects

Ongoing Projects

Greenmentality: Apolitical Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South
(2016 - 2020)
Noragric contact: Prof. Tor A. Benjaminsen
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council and NMBU

Capacity Building to Promote Sustainable Governance of Petroleum Resources, Biodiversity and Livelihoods in East African Communities  (2015 - 2020)
Noragric contact: Prof. Pål Vedeld, Joanna Boddens-Hosang
Funded by: ENPE programme, Norad

Improving the governance and economics of protected areas, ecosystem services and poverty eradication through HEI capacity-building and transdisciplinary research (2013 - 2019)
Noragric contact: Dr. Thor S. Larsen, Joanna Boddens-Hosang 
Funded by: NORHED programme, Norad

Ongoing PhD Research

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 (2014 - 2019)
PhD candidate: Jill Tove Buseth
Supervisors: Tor Arve Benjaminsen and Frances Cleaver

Land-use conflicts in Finnmark - obstacles and opportunities for sustainable pasture management (2012 - 2018) 
PhD candidate: Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen 
Supervisor: Tor A. Benjaminsen and Inger Marie Gaup Eira (Sámi University College)

Socio-environmental struggles and contested forest governance: from global forest policies to Bolivian forest communities (2011 - 2018)
PhD candidate: Cecilie von Hirsch 
Supervisors: John Andrew McNeish and Pål Vedeld

Opportunities and challenges of linking forest conservation and livelihoods in community based forest management: The case of Duru- Haitemba Forest Reserve (2009 - 2018).
PhD candidate: Joseph Perfect Mrema
Supervisors: Tor Arve Benjaminsen and Espen Sjaastad

Social enterprise organizations as new institutional structures in private environmental governance (2012 - 2019)
PHD candidate: Ellen Stenslie
Supervisor; Arild Vatn, Beate Sjåfjell and Fergus Lyon

Counterwork at the interface. The contestation of compensation at el Quimbo dam, Colombia (2015 - 2019)
PHD candidate; Cornelia Helmcke
Supervisor(s): Esben Leifsen and John McNeish

A comparative analysis of the processes, costs and impacts of REDD+. Findings from pilot projects in Brazil and Tanzania (2012-2019)
PHD candidate: Mary Gorret Nantongo 
Supervisor: Arild Vatn and Paul Vedeld

Displaced populations and the National population in Uganda and Liberia
PhD candidate: Ingunn Bjørkhaug
Supervisor(s): Pål Vedeld and Morten Bøås (NUPI)

Compensating forest lost- A political ecology of afforestation projects in tribal India (2016-2020)
PHD-student Eva Døgg Davidsdottir 
Supervisor(s): Tor A Benjaminsen and Nitin Rai (ATREE)

The Politics of Climate Change and Conflict - The Case of Southeastern Myanmar (2017 - 2021)
PHD candidate; Marianne Mosberg
Supervisors: Siri Eriksen and Marte Nilsen (PRIO)

Impacts of rewilding on the supply, distribution and value of ecosystem services (2017 - 2021)
PHD candidate: Dara Sands
Supervisor; Erik Gomez-Baggethun  and Ian Brysecon

Livestock husbandry in Agro-pastoral and mixed farming systems in the face of climate and socio-economic change (2018 - 2021)
PHD candidate: Woldemichael Somano Ewalo
Supervisor; Paul Vedeld and Espen Sjaastad

Transformations to sustainability and economic justice in the Mayan rainforest: real social change or false discourses? (2018 - 2021)
PHDcandidate:  Noè Mendoza
Supervisor: Andrei Marin

Recently completed Projects

Climate change, uncertainty and transformation (2015 - 2017)
Noragric contact: Prof Lyla Mehta
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

Man and forests - An evaluation of management strategies for reduced deforestation and forest degradations (2014 - 2016)
Noragric contact: Prof. Arild Vatn
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

The Economics and Land-Use Conflicts of Sámi Reindeer Herding in Finnmark: Exploring the Alternatives (2012 - 2016)
Noragric contact: Prof. Tor A. Benjaminsen 
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

Environmental Policy and Human Action (2009 - 2016)
Noragric contact: Prof. Arild Vatn

Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Africa (2011 - 2015) 
Noragric contact: Prof Lyla Mehta 
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

PhD candidates finished (2015 - 2018)


Poverty and governance in post-1991 Ethiopia – a political-economy study
PHD candidate; Yeshtila Wondemeneh Bekele
Supervisors; Darley Kjosavik and N. Shanmugaratnam

Order in Chaos: Understanding Governance in Somalia
PHD candidate : Mohamed Husein Gaas
Supervisors: Stig Jarle Hansen and Morten Bøås

Implementing REDD in Zanzibari forests: An investigation of process, actors and discourses 
PhD candidate: Grete Benjaminsen
Supervisors: Randi Kaarhus and John Andrew McNeish

Agriculture, livelihoods and climate change in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
PhD candidate: Ognjen Zurovec
Supervisors: Bishal Sitaula, Pål Vedeld and Peter Dørsch  


An assessment of the legitimacy of the choice of governance structure for REDD+ at the local level in the Congo Basin Forest of DRC.
PhD candidate: Raymond Achu Samndong
Supervisor(s): Arild Vatn, Darley Kjosavik and Glenn Bush

Can a Combination of Policy Instruments Increase the Effectiveness and Public acceptability of Environmental Policies in Norway.
PhD candidate: Marianne Aasen
Supervisors: Arild Vatn, Pål Vedeldand, Hege Westskog (Cicero)

Environmental Policy and Human Action 
PhD candidate: Marit Heller
Supervisors: Arild Vatn, Frode Alfnes and Randi Kaarhus

Revaluing the Kenyan Landscape? Quantification, Certification, and Resistance in the World Bank’s Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project.
PhD candidate: Connor Joseph Cavanagh 
Supervisors: Tor A. Benjaminsen and Pål Vedeld

Punching above their weight - Nigerian trade unions in the political economy of oil 
PhD candidate; Camilla Houeland
Supervisor: John McNeish and Morten Bøås

How not to cut down a tree? Understanding forest cover change in the context of Vietnam: theories, policies, and practice. 
PhD candidate: Leif Tore Trædal
Supervisor: Pål Vedeld, Arild Angelsen and Esben Sjaastad


Social-Ecological Changes Affecting the Livelihoods of Fishing Communities in the Current Phase of Globalisation: A case study from Mafia island, Tanzania.
PhD candidate: Victoria Moshy 
Supervisors: Ian Bryceson and Rose Mwaipopo

Contesting Conservation and Development: Quilombolas struggling for rights and resources in the Ribeira Valley, Brazil
PHD candidate Kjersti Thorkildsen
Supervisors; Randi Kaarshus and Ian Bryceson

Reproducing Vulnerability Through Climate Change Adaptation? Policy Processes, Local Power Relations and Food Insecurity in North-Western Nepal
PHD candidate Sigrid Nagoda
Supervisors: Siri Eriksen and Ruth Haug

Agronomic technologies in maize and their adoption and diffusion in semi-arid central Rift Valley Ethiopia: agronomic and economic analyses
PHD candidate. Getachew Sime Feyissa
Supervisors: Jens Aune and Hussein Mohammed, Hawassa University


Linking ecological and social elements to sustain coral reef fisheries: A case of groupers [Epinephelidae] in Mafia Island, Tanzania
PHD candidate. Lydia Gaspare Kanyairita
Supervisors: Ian Bryceson, Yunus Mgaya, University of Dar es Salaam and Kassim Kulindwa, University of Dar es Salaam

Published 13. May 2015 - 14:22 - Updated 22. May 2019 - 10:37