Heritage and Society

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    Last name     First name     Position     Department     City     Phone     Mobile
BergSveinung KrokannResearcher / human geographerHeritage and SocietyOslo23355153 90501836

Sveinung Krokann BergResearcher / human geographer

Phone: 23355153 Mobile: 90501836

Sveinung Krokann Berg is a researcher and human geographer at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) and is currently working on a PhD at the Department for Planning, Property and Law at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

Krokann Berg’s research field lies at the intersection between innovation of new urban structures and adaptation of existing urban landscapes as a contribution to development. Identifying the opportunities in this intersection means respecting what already exists, and an openness to how adaptive reuse of existing structures may re-energize inventive activity. The bias of this research has been on how cultural heritage may serve as a framework for understanding and interpreting the possible futures and represent value in cultural as well as economic respect. Recent cases for research have involved urban development projects in several cities with an emphasis on transformation of industrial sites in a post-industrial context.

BorgeMarianneArchitectHeritage and SocietyOslo2335504091738702

Marianne BorgeArchitect

Phone: 23355040Mobile: 91738702


Marianne is an architect and has been employed at NIKU since December 2015. She has a master’s degree in Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and further education qualifications in field urbanism from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

Marianne has experience from her own architecture practice – focusing on concept and product development of innovative architecture, municipal cultural heritage and communication. She is particularly interested in the potential of heritage in transformation processes.

Marianne has been a member of the board of the Oslo Association of Architects, sat on a number of juries, and contributed at several forums discussing how our cultural heritage is managed.

EvensenCornelis HornArchitect / Urban PlannerHeritage and SocietyOslo2335506348409792

Cornelis Horn EvensenArchitect / Urban Planner

Phone: 23355063Mobile: 48409792


Cornelis Horn Evensen graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1997. He has been working with urban planning ever since, and has been employed at NIKU since 2016.

Cornelis has professional experience from several levels of public administration in the field of urban planning, including positions in municipalities, county administrations and at the national level. His most recent post was as senior advisor at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, where he spent 10 years in the Department of Area Planning. Here, he worked first on analyses of all of the Norwegian towns and cities, to make a register of urban areas of national historic interest. This resulted in the NB!-register, an official inventory of all the urban environments of cultural historic importance in Norway. After publishing the register on the Internet, as a public service from the Directorate, he worked on administrative matters concerning urban planning related cultural heritage in the NB!-towns and cities.

Before entering the Directorate, Cornelis worked as Head of Planning at the City of Oslo’s Office of Urban Heritage, as an urban planner at the City of Oslo’s planning authority, and as an area planner in a couple of smaller municipalities. He has also worked on strategic property planning for the Norwegian Defence Estates Authority (NDEA).

His core competence is urban planning and cultural heritage processes involving the above-mentioned different levels of authorities, improving processes, and finding optimal solutions.

FageraasKnutResearcher / ethnologistHeritage and SocietyOslo23355207 99518027

Knut FageraasResearcher / ethnologist

Phone: 23355207 Mobile: 99518027

Knut Fageraas is an ethnologist and researcher at NIKU. Besides ethnology, he has studied political science, history and art history. He started working at NIKU in 2006.

His main work experience in the heritage field is related to cultural valuing of heritage and processes of economic added value, the dissonant relation of local versus regional/national heritage values, world heritage, environmental management, building heritage, technical and industrial cultural heritage.

He has a particular interest in the primary industries (history of agriculture, forestry and the fisheries) and heritage and the management of the outfields, as well as industrial history. He has written books on Norwegian forestry and outfield management and Norwegian forestry and the pulp and paper industry.

Currently he is working on a PhD about World Heritage with a case study of The Vega Archipelago World Heritage Area on the Helgeland Coast in northern Norway. The study is part of the research work at NIKU and is in affiliation with the Institute of Cultural Studies (IKOS) at the University of Oslo.

Knut has partaken in several research projects on Norwegian world heritage sites and places which, by Norwegian natural and cultural heritage management, are designated for projects of value creation with natural and cultural heritage. He has recently also been engaged in the documentation project related to the history and cultural heritage of the Norwegian State Forest and Land Corporation, along with various project recording cultural heritage buildings, industrial facilities and technical monuments.

Previously, Knut has worked at several museum institutions: The Norwegian Forest Museum, Elverum, Klevfos Industrial Museum, Løten, (2003-2006), Oslo Museum (2002-2003) and the Hedmark Museum, Hamar, (1992-1998). He has also worked in the media company Siste Nytt Gruppen AS (1999-2001).

GuttormsenTorgrim SneveResearcher / archaeologistHeritage and SocietyOslo2335505990899037

Torgrim Sneve GuttormsenResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355059Mobile: 90899037


Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen is an archaeologist (PhD) and Heritage Researcher, and has been employed in NIKU since 2001.

During his time in NIKU he has participated in numerous research projects and commissioned projects aimed at planning and management of cultural heritage and the uses of cultural heritage as societal resource. From the 1990s onwards he has participated in and been the leader of several archaeological excavations and field surveys in Norway, as well as participated at archaeological and heritage based projects in Greece, Italy and Oman. His primary research interests in NIKU has been research on cultural heritage and their environment, especially related to heritage, environmental monitoring and planning, i.e. cultural heritage as value in policy / management and in the society. His interests is also covering cultural heritage research aimed at public sectorial challenges, hence issues about urban heritage and road /technological-industrial heritage.

Guttormsen joined NIKU after finishing his MA in archaeology at the University of Oslo in 2001, he holds a doctorate in archaeology with heritage issues in focus from the University of Gothenburg.

HøllelandHerdisResearcher / archaeologistHeritage and SocietyOslo23 35 50 5198094273

Herdis HøllelandResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23 35 50 51Mobile: 98094273

Herdis Hølleland (PhD) is researcher II at NIKU, where her fields of research are international heritage management, including UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and EU/EEA, heritage economy and tourism.

Herdis studied archaeology, social anthropology and heritage studies at the University of Oslo, University College London and Cardiff University. She has conducted research in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Norway.
LindblomIngeAdviserHeritage and SocietyOslo90880041

Inge LindblomAdviser

Phone: Mobile: 90880041

Inge Lindblom is scientific advisor and researcher; engaged at NIKU since 2001. His main focus is Environmental Impact Assessment, in a national and international setting. In addition, Lindblom is highly involved in cultural heritage related to slum development in a global world.

Lindblom is Master of Arts from the University of Oslo. He has earlier worked as assistant professor at the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger, researcher at the University of Oslo and managing director at ProArk AS (consultancy firm).

His field of interest is interdisciplinary criteria for value and heritage valuation, the meaning of cultural heritage in multicultural societies, the potential of added value and economic growth in old city centres in developing countries. He is also interested in the meaning and significance of environmental impact assessment for the cultural heritage authorities.

Currently, Lindblom's research project is: "Cultural diversity as a framework for building and maintaining sustainable Cultural Heritage" (case study: Cape Verde).

His research at NIKU includes several international projects, such as "Border areas and fringes: desertification and cultural heritage in South West Oman" and "Slum expansion in the light of municipality borders and political incidents, Jinja, Uganda". Lindblom's research projects consider different aspects of Environmental Impact Assessment, such as quality, quality change over time and myths and attitudes amongst the actors.

NomeikaiteLaimaHuman Geographer and Urban PlannerHeritage and SocietyOslo2335503893423077

Laima NomeikaiteHuman Geographer and Urban Planner

Phone: 23355038Mobile: 93423077


Laima Nomeikaite is a city planner and human geographer, engaged at NIKU since 2016. She has a master’s degree in human geography with a particular focus on heritage, tourism and local/regional development from the University of Bergen. 

In recent years she has worked on a variety of projects related to culture, urban development, heritage research and urban planning. She has experience from diverse planning processes in the field of urban planning, including public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management of municipal and commercial developments.  She has carried out projects related to policy impact assessments, concept development, location analysis and land-use planning. Her main work experience in the heritage field is related to research and urban planning projects aimed at the planning and management of cultural heritage and the use of cultural heritage as a cultural, political, societal and economic resource.

She is particularly interested in how both tangible and intangible heritage can be used in the culture sector, tourism and sustainable development.

SellierDominiqueHeritage and SocietyOslo2335506294054520

Dominique Sellier

Phone: 23355062Mobile: 94054520

Dominique Sellier is an urban planner.

He has extensive experience as an urban planner in Paris, and is specialised in sustainable urban planning and green buildings. In recent years, he has been head of a department for the Forecasting and Ecological Transition Unit of the Environmental Regional Agency in the Paris region; ARENE.

Dominique also has broad European experience, and has been involved in several projects related to sustainable development and culture, such as his work on an inventory of best practices in the Paris region, with examples of cultural heritage and existing historical records.

His fields of interest are connected to the contribution of cultural heritage to urban planning, with the challenge of densification and the concurrent preservation and valorisation of the local identity. Lately, he has been working for private developers on feasibility studies for the development of a neighbourhood in the inner city of Oslo.

Before he started at NIKU, he was a project manager responsible for local architecture policies at DoGA and Norsk Form.

Dominique has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, and from the Francois Rabelais University in Tours.
SimonVéroniqueResearcher/architectHeritage and SocietyOslo23355056

Véronique SimonResearcher/architect

Phone: 23355056Mobile:

Véronique Karine Simon is an architect and a researcher working at NIKU since 2015.

She has a national diploma DPLG in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble in France (2002), and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at Ås (2012). She worked as a consultant architect in France (2002-2005), and as an architect and landscape architect in the private sector in Norway (2005-2006, 2013-2015).

Her key competencies are in landscape research and landscape analysis, concept development, feasibility studies, participation and planning processes. She has experience with architectural registration in the urban environment as well as with research and analysis of cities and towns. She also has experience in land-use planning and zoning process. In addition, she has extensive experience in illustration and drawing techniques, both traditional and program-based. Her area of expertise is particularly linked to development issues and planning processes in fragile environments. Her research focuses on how space arises as a result of various activities and how people understand, use and evaluate their environment. She works on the development of analytical methods which allow for analysing the qualities and values of landscapes and cities.

She is currently participating in several research projects and commissioned projects aimed at planning and impact assessment, and analysis of cultural monuments and sites.

SkredeJoarResearcher / sociologistHeritage and SocietyOslo2335506491756866

Joar SkredeResearcher / sociologist

Phone: 23355064Mobile: 91756866

Joar Skrede is a sociologist and researcher II at NIKU. He is generally concerned with cultural analysis, with particular emphasis on the relation between culture and capital. He works empirically with how cultural heritage is used for culture-led urban regeneration purposes.

Skrede holds a PhD degree from Aalborg University (2014). In his thesis “The Value of Culture. Discourse Approaches to Culture, Capital and Urban Change”, Skrede analyses the debate that ensued from the decision to relocate several museums in Oslo, and how culture relates to the concept of sustainable development. He has also studied political rhetoric elaborating on the need to merge culture and business in order to create economic growth. Skrede is concerned with the intricate mechanisms at play between cultural, economic and political interests. His research interest is placed in the intersection between cultural sociology, discourse studies and urban studies.

Skrede has previously been employed at the Oslo and Akershus University College.

SwensenGreteSenior researcher / ethnologistHeritage and SocietyOslo23355045

Grete SwensenSenior researcher / ethnologist

Phone: 23355045Mobile:

Grete Swensen is an ethnologist and senior researcher, and has worked in NIKU since 2000. Her field of interest is the study of the relationship between people and the environment.

Many of her studies have a social history profile, whether studies rooted in issues related to the processes of change in the urban landscape, the built environment in rural areas or in cities. Cultural historic knowledge is used to shed light on the processes of change that take place in contemporary society. Recently, much of her research has been focused on how cultural heritage can be included as components of the current physical planning, including integration of cultural heritage in a vibrant urban development.

She has been project manager for several research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council as well as research coordinator in three strategic institute programs in NIKU. She has also taken part in the methodological development of vulnerability analysis in the built environment. She emphasizes the need for multidisciplinary research and the use of qualitative methods.

She has previously worked at the University of Oslo, in the museum sector (Industrial Workers Museum in Rjukan, the county museum in Akershus) and has also been head of research in the Norwegian Research Council's Research Programme on Cultural Heritage (FOK program, 1989-1993).

Grete Swensen has a doctorate in ethnology and defended it in 1996 with the thesis 'Modern but obsolete? The non-governmental organisations' building activities in formative perspective 1870-1940'.