A case of benign neglect - Knowledge gaps about sustainability in pastoralism and rangelands
Pastoralism and rangelands are globally significant, but under-recognized and undervalued.
I am a Norwegian from Oslo and have been interested in human rights and environmental issues since my early youth. My engagement with GRID-Arendal started in 2001. Since then, I have been working on projects related to ecological management and Indigenous Peoples' livelihoods. In recent years, my work has concentrated on environmental change and its impact on reindeer husbandry in the Arctic and sub-Arctic.
My academic background includes a Bachelor in Environmental Health from the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and a Masters in Natural Resource Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
In February 2019, I defended my PhD thesis “Conflicting knowledges, competing worldviews: Norwegian governance of Sámi reindeer husbandry in West Finnmark, Norway”at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The thesis addresses the power relations in the formation and implementation of policies and regulations, and knowledge- and value-conflicts between the herders and the "society at large”.