I have a PhD in Political Science and have worked as a researcher and teacher at the University of Oslo for most of my career. I am also teaching and supervising students at various other academic institutions in Norway. I have been a guest researcher at FLACSO, Chile and worked closely with researchers across the Latin American region. Since 2008 I have been leading the Norwegian Latin America Research Network, and since 2014, also the Oslo Academy of Global Governance. I have also done consultancy for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Before becoming an academic, I worked as a journalist and since 2015 I have had my own monthly column on Latin American affairs in the Norwegian daily newspaper Dagsavisen.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My fields of expertise includes development theory, state theory and global governance. I have also worked on inequality issues, violence and the construction of state authority, and transitions to more environmentally sustainable development models. As entry points to study these issues, I have often chosen elites, how they change, and how different elites relate to each others and non-elites. Main geographical field of interest is Latin America.
I am personally engaged in issues of global and local inequality and justice. I also have a strong personal interest in the illicit economy and violence as conditioning the construction of legitimate authority as a condition for just and peaceful societies.