Background and activities

I am a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). I hold a PhD in interdisciplinary studies of culture and a master’s degree in history. I have also studied biology, chemistry and mathematics over three years as part of my bachelor’s degree in history, and have formerly worked as a marine biologist assistant.

My research focus is on biodiversity governance and the role of management tools and knowledge in biodiversity-related politics. Topics of investigation include forest governance, restoration, climate budgets for ecosystems, nature mapping methodologies, environmental impact assessments, and wolf management. In a broader sense, my research addresses sustainability, biodiversity loss, climate-biodiversity interactions, integrative and informed governance, and transformative change. My research approaches draw on science and technology studies, environmental history and governmentality studies among others. I am involved in much interdisciplinary research and engaged in finding new ways to collaborate across natural and social sciences and humanities in IPBES and beyond.

I am a selected fellow for The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) assessment of the sustainable use of wild species. (2018-2022)

I am also co-initiator and main organizer of the Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network) related to IPBES. The Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network) | Onet (ipbes.net)

 

Research interests

  • Biodiversity governance and the role of knowledge
  • Forest governance, restoration, climate budgets for ecosystems, nature mapping methodologies, environmental impact assessments, wolf management
  • Transformative change, sustainability, biodiversity loss, climate-biodiversity interactions, integrative and informed governance,
  • Science and technology studies
  • Interdisciplinary research in IPBES and beyond

  

Selected current projects

  • Realizing landscape restoration: Enabling transformative change of land‐use (RESCAPE), NFR-Arealer under press, 2021-2025.
  • Enhancing the contributions of the social sciences and humanities to IPBES – Establishing the IPBES SSH Community of Practice (SSH Network), NFR and the Ministry of Climate and Environment, 2020-2022.
  • Enabling transformative change in the case of environmental impact assessments (TRANS-EIA), NFR/NINA, 2020-2023.
  • Real-world ecosystem management: Identifying knowledge gaps and overcoming societal barriers (ECOREAL), NFR-MILJØFORSK, 2019-2022. 

 

Awards and commissions of trust

  • Co-initiator and main organizer of the Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network) related to IPBES
  • Heading NINA strategy on sustainability and transformative change (2020-2021)
  • Selected fellow for The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) assessment of the sustainable use of wild species (2018-2021)
  • Awarded IASNR (International Association for Society and Natural Resources) Student Paper Competition Prize for best PhD paper, USA (2015)
  • Awarded PhD fellowship. Faculty of Humanities, the Department of Interdisciplinary studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (2009)
  • Awarded HIFO’s (The Norwegian Historical Association) ‘Free Word scholarship 2008’ for best master thesis in history (2008)
  • Awarded NLI’s (The Norwegian Institute of Local History) ‘Master’s degree scholarship 2007’ for best master thesis (2007)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Report/dissertation

  • Krange, Olve; Odden, John; Skogen, Ketil; Linnell, John Durrus; Stokland, Håkon B.; Vang, Silje; Mattisson, Jenny. (2016) Evaluering av regional rovviltforvaltning. 2016. ISBN 978-82-426-2925-8. NINA rapport (1268).
  • Stokland, Håkon B.. (2015) Towards a new approach for studies of endangered species management - Technologies of government in Norwegian wolf management (1960s-2010s). 2015.
  • Stokland, Håkon B.. (2007) Kvinners trivelige og menns tunge arbeid ved Langaard tobakkfabrikk (ca. 1890-1940) - et kulturhistorisk eksperiment innen minneforskning. 2007.