Academic Profiles

The West Nordic Studies programme relies on some of the best academic profiles in the region.

Agust Thor Arnason

Director of the Polar Law Institute
Adjunkt Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Akureyri

Research interests: Polar law, Greenland, autonomy, sociology of law, statehood and self-determination, comparative constitutionalism.

Gudmundur Alfredsson

Law Professor at the University of Akureyri and
China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing

Research interests: Polar law, Greenland, self-determination, minority and indigenous rights, human rights monitoring.

Rachael Lorna Johnstone

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Akureyri

Research Interests: Polar Law, International Law, Human Rights Law, Offshore Oil and Gas

Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, PhD

Programme Director of West Nordic Studies
Assistant Professor in Social Sciences and Transdisciplinarity
University of the Faroe Islands

Research Interests: Climate change politics, governance, green growth, practice theory, Narrative theory, and transdisciplinarity.

Jens Christian Svabo Justinussen, PhD

Director of studies for Social and Political Sciences (BA)
Associate Professor in Social Sciences University of the Faroe Islands

Research Interests: Sustainable management, fisheries management, social time, social dilemmas, Faroese politics, industrial policy.

Anne Lise Kappel

Head of department
Institute of Social Science, Economics & Journalism

Baldur Þórhallsson

Professor in Political Science
Head of Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

Research Interests: European Studies (European integration, EU member states, decision-making in the EU Small States in the EU), small state studies (theories, small states in Europe), comparative politics, Icelandic domestic and foreign policy and international affairs.

Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir

Professor in Environment and Natural Resources

Research interests: Energy transitions, sustainable development, ecosystem services, cost benefit analysis.

Kristinn Schram

Assistant Professor in Folkloristic / Ethnology

Research interests: Northern mobility and transnational culture, constructions of national, cultural and gendered identities, Arctic discourses and policy.

Ólafur Þ. Harðarson

Professor in Political Science

Research interests: Icelandic and comparative politics and election surveys.

Grete Hovelsrud

Dr. philosophy Social Anthropology
Head of specialization in West Nordic Studies at NU

Research Interests: Current Issues in the Northern Regions

Anatoli Bourmistrov

Vice-Dean, Bodø Graduate School of Business

Research Interests: Artic Dialogue

Ingrid Fylling

Associate professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Interests: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods II

Janne Iren Paulsen Breimo

Postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Interests: Social Policies in the High North

Alf Ragnar Nielssen

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Fields of expertise: Viking Age and Medieval History, Fishery history and Coast Societies, Icelandic History, Ethnic Relations/Sami History

Research Interests: Sami Society and Identity in the Present and Past

Astri Dankertsen

Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Interests: Sami Society and Identity in the Present and Past