February 16, 2017: Heating up and cooling down a Petrostate: Norway
Speaker: Berit Kristoffersen, University of Tromsø, Norway

Heating up and cooling down a Petrostate: The Norwegian experience

Berit Kristoffersen

University of Tromsø, Norway

Thursday 16 February 2017, 2-4pm

Liu Institute for Global Issues

Boardroom (3rd floor)

6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC

Norway is well-known for as a model of petroleum governance. Yet political geographer Berit Kristoffersen argues that Norway has abandoned many of the principles balancing oil production and environmental stewardship. Negotiated in the 1970s when oil exploration initially began, these principles have come under pressure from a transformed political economy, changing perceptions of oil as a ‘resource’, and three environmental paradigms that had distinct impacts on policy-making. This historical backdrop is contrasted with current international and local post-petroleum factors, including low oil prices and supply-side climate policy initiatives that are impacting large scale exploration projects in contested Arctic areas, notably the Lofoten area where Berit has conducted fieldwork for the past five years.

Berit Kristoffersen is associate professor at University of Tromsø in Norway. Her research is on state space, critical geopolitics and cross-scalar ethnographies, focusing on the uneven geographies of oil and gas developments, climate change and environmental governance. Her PhD analyzed the ongoing opening up of the Norwegian Arctic for petroleum extraction (Drilling oil into Arctic Minds? State security, industry consensus and local contestation, 2014) and is currently working on state mapping practices in icy environments in Norway and Canada (together with Philip Steinberg), and on supply-side climate policy analysis (together with Tzeporah Berman).

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