Here you can find all employees in NIKU, click on the arrow to sort by category and click on the name for more information.
Stine BarlindhaugResearcher / archaeologist
Phone: 77750420 Mobile: 48119930
Barlindhaug's core competencies are in North Norwegian and Sami archaeology and cultural history, PGIS, remote sensing analysis, landscape analysis, impact analysis, and the recording and documentation of cultural monuments. Her current work primary focuses on methodological approaches to mapping and monitoring cultural heritage sites, and historic land use in the High North.
She previously worked in the cultural heritage management in Finnmark County, and has since headed and participated in a number of projects focused on North Norwegian and Sámi cultural history.
Barlindhaug holds a PhD from the Arctic University of Norway, UIT.
Einar EythórssonSenior researcher/Social scientist
Phone: 77750444 Mobile: 40466831
He has experience as a project manager of several large research and analysis projects, such as Fjord Ecosystems – Sami Communities: Local Ecological Knowledge and Socio-Ecological History (NRC 2008-2011), and expert assessments on land use and traditional rights on previously state-owned land in Finnmark (Finnmark Commission 2009-2011). He is engaged in several multi-disciplinary research projects at the FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, and has conducted impact assessments for interventions in Sami settlement areas.
Eythórsson has previously worked as a researcher at Finnmark College, the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Rural Research (NIBR), the Northern Research Institute and Tromsø University Museum.
Anders HesjedalResearcher / archaeologist
Phone: 77750443Mobile: 97185394
Hesjedal`s core competencies are in North Norwegian archaeology and cultural history, recording and documentation of cultural monuments. More recently he has investigated modern material culture. The point of departure has been a comparative approach toward cultural monuments in Norway from the Second World War and the Cold War, related to the more overall European case.
Hesjedal has previously worked as a researcher at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and as a project manager for Troms County Council. He has managed and participated in several projects focused on Norwegian and Arctic prehistory and history.
Sanne Bech Holmgaard
Phone: 77750446Mobile: 40300339
Holmgaard’s primary research interests are traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples and minorities, climate change and social change in addition to postcolonial processes in a High North perspective.
Holmgaard has previously worked at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and has experience with teaching, academic development and administration. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and a MA in social anthropology from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway.
Elin Rose MyrvollHead of department / researcher / archaeologist
Phone: 77750424Mobile: 95062570
Myrvoll's main areas of expertise are in northern Norwegian and Sami archaeology and cultural history, GIS (geographic information systems), landscape analyses, impact assessments, and the recording and documentation of cultural monuments.
Myrvoll previously worked in cultural heritage management in Finnmark county, and spent two years at the Várjjat Sámi Museum/Nesseby muncipality. She has managed and participated in several projects focused on northern Norwegian and Sami cultural history.
Myrvoll holds a PhD from the University of Tromsø.
Marius Warg NæssResearcher / Social anthropologist
Phone: 77 75 04 41Mobile: 90721907
He works interdisciplinary at the intersection of social science and ecology. His primary focus is on natural resources use and how developing adaptive management systems require the integration of knowledge from the social and natural sciences. He has broad experience working both quantitatively and qualitatively with particular focus on Saami reindeer husbandry and nomadic pastoralists in Tibet. Specifically, he has been concerned with understanding how: (1) labour investment and cooperation influence pastoral production; (2) pastoral decision-making affects herd dynamics; and (3) nomadic pastoralists manage environmental risk.
More recently, he has been using a comparative approach to investigate: (1) the rationale and consequences of governmental management policies; (2) the effects of climate change; and (3) how governmental management policies may both exacerbate the negative effects of climate change and transform traditional social institutions.
High North, Tibet, nomadic pastoralism, reindeer husbandry, Tibetan pastoralism, risk management, adaptation, labour and production, mobility/land use, cooperation and conflict, game theory, human ecology, human behavioural ecology, climate change, policy, social organisation, quantitative and qualitative method, interdisciplinary approaches, traditional knowledge, theoretical modelling.
Næss has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow/researcher at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo.
Zoia RavnaPhD student
The topic of her research is to examine the processes and channels for transmission of traditional knowledge from mothers to children in Nenets societies. To follow the regulatory requirements of the modern Russian education system, Nenets children have to stay for nine months of the year at a boarding school. The available time and processes for learning traditional knowledge are as a result shortened to only three summer months. It is therefore important to find out what kind of knowledge they manage to possess and acquire, and if this short time is enough to learn the knowledge and skills needed in order to succeed as a reindeer herder and nomad in the challenging arctic environment. Another important focus of this investigation is to see if girls in particular, are coming back to live on the tundra after twelve years away.
Matthew ThomasResearcjer/ Anthropologist
Phone: 77750164Mobile: 48125389
As a researcher for NIKU and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), he is investigating how mobility, kinship, reciprocity, reputation, social conventions and traditional knowledge underpin cooperation among Saami reindeer herders. He is also exploring how Saami social organisation is being affected by shifting land use rights and climate change.
Matthew has a PhD in anthropology from University College London.
Phone: 77750440 Mobile:
Alma Elizabeth Thuestad is an archaeologist at the High North Department and has been with NIKU since 2005.
Thuestad’s core expertise is within North Norwegian and Sami archeology and cultural history, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing. Thuestad works with archaeological applications of GIS and remote sensing. Her current work primarily focuses on methodological approaches to mapping and monitoring cultural heritage sites, and historic land use in the High North. Other assignments include spatial planning and environmental impact assessment.
Thuestad has a cand. philol degree from the University of Tromsø and has extensive experience from excavations and surveys in Northern Norway.