I am Associate Professor in City and Regional Planning and currently project lead for the Research Network for Smart Sustainable Cities, an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty initiative and project lead for the NFR Capacity Lift project Future Energy Hub aiming to strengthen research and regional competences for sustainable buildings and neighborhoods.
I teach and supervise in the Urban and Regional Planning programme at the Department of Economics, Safety and Planning. I am also affiliated with the Department of Media and Social Sciences where I teach and supervise in the Master in Energy, Environment and Society.
I currently offer the following course(s):
I am also a regular guest lecturer in the following courses:
- Sustainable City Regions (BYG610)
- Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change (MEE100)
- Digital Societies for Sustainable Energy Transitions (MEE128)
- Energy and Environmental Politics (BST210)
- Bærekraft og grønn omstilling (SV100)
My research areas include the cultural political economy of urban and regional transformations, economic development, energy, and food with a focus on aspects of justice, democracy, and alternative economies. I am also particularly interested in questions of empire, colonialism, post-colonialism, and decoloniality. My geographical areas of expertise are mainly East Asia and Scandinavia. I am currently member of two research groups at UiS including Social and Spatial Change in Times of Transition and Sustainable urban development, planning and design.
Tested in Rogaland (PI)
Before returning to academia in 2011 to pursue a PhD, I worked with regional economic development planning in Northern and Eastern Europe and the US within the areas of renewable energy, urban agriculture, and climate change adaptation. I worked 5 years in Silicon Valley/San Francisco where I also founded a non-profit tech start-up in 2009 developing geo-spatial visualisation tools (GIS, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality) for climate change mitigation and adaptation in partnership with UN Habitat among others. I founded an organic urban farm in Denmark back in 2005 focused on preserving older non-commercial, but genetically and culturally importand, vegetable varieties with financial support from the EU Social Fund. I have also co-founded two political organisations in the US and Denmark respectively and worked with numerous other organisations and movements around the world advocating for food sovereignty, land rights, and environmental justice.