Fridtjof Nansen Institute

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1958, Norway; 36 staff; climate, Arctic; env agenda and law

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(1958, Norway; http://www.fni.no)

Named in honor of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), a famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and 1922 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.  Engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law.  Seven research foci: 1) Global environmental governance and law: empirical studies dealing with the UN and its many sub-agencies, and its key role in global environmental governance as both an arena and an actor, e.g., International Law for an Anthropocene Epoch: Shifting Perspectives in the Law of the Sea, Environmental Law and Genetic Resources Law; 2) Climate change: international climate negotiations research inside and outside the UN, as well as the domestic climate politics of important players such as the EU, China and Russia, e.g., “Russian Climate Policy: Domestic Dynamics and International Ramifications”; 3) Law of the Sea and marine affairs: international research projects on various aspects of the Law of the Sea and ocean governance, spanning from traditional topics such as shipping and fisheries to emerging issues, such as sea-level rise, e.g., “Post-Agreement Bargaining in the Barents Sea Fisheries: Strategies for Coping with Overfishing”; 4) Biodiversity and genetic resources: interaction with trade agreements and intellectual property rights is central to ensuring conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and fair distribution of benefits from genetic resources; e.g., “International Objectives for Adaptation, Access and Benefit Sharing: Effects on the Management of Plant Genetic Resources in India and Nepal” as a representative research title]; 5) Arctic and Russian politics: research on international law and political cooperation in the Arctic, and politics and resource management in the Russian North, e.g., “The Individual and the State in Russia: Self-Images, Coping Strategies, and Civil Society”; 6) European energy and environment: energy and environmental policy both within and outside the framework of the EU, e.g.,  “Europeanization of Energy-Technological Innovation Systems: Drivers, Consequences and Strategic Challenges for Norway”;  7) Chinese energy and environment: China’s environmental, climate change and energy problems and policies, as well as its interests in the Arctic, e.g., “Environmental Impact Assessment of a Norwegian-Chinese Free Trade Agreement
(2010-2011)”.  Many publications in each research theme.  Budget: ~34M Krona/year.  Geir Hønneland director.  51 staff.

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