Background and activities

Heidi’s overall research theme is sustainability applied on the different spheres; ethics, investments, circular economics, corporate social responsibility and project management. She works as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, at the Experts in Teamwork section. Prior to this she held a position as postdoctoral researcher at NTNU Oceans, at the Faculty of Humanities and the pilot program HAVANSVAR.

Heidi holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Bergen, and a PhD in Ecological Economics and Ethics from the University Nord. She is an experienced researcher and project leader with background from the research institute Norut, which is now part of NORCE. Heidi is lecturing in themes like sustainability, applied ethics, corporate social responsibility, and other management related subjects – at different faculties and universities - and outside academia. She has also worked with these themes in two UN organizations; the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


Some externally funded R&D projects:

Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), 

Industry water-utility symbiosis for a smarter water society (ULTIMATE), funded by H2020

Marine Plastic Waste in the Arctic (MARP)

Barents Sea Drill Cuttings research initiative (BARCUT),

Samarbeid om etisk kompetanseheving (Cooperation for increased competence in ethical reflection), by KS


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Carson, Siri Granum; Nilsen, Heidi Rapp. (2021) CSR in the Norwegian context. Sovereign Wealth Funds, Local Content policies and CSR. Developments in the Extractives Sector.
  • Nilsen, Heidi Rapp; Aursand, Marit. (2020) Sirkulær økonomi. Etter oljen: Vår bioøkonomiske fremtid.
  • Nilsen, Heidi Rapp. (2007) Climate change and the petroleum industry: Analyzing an environmental value chain for CO2. Bourmistrov, A.og Mellemvik F. (eds.), Norwegian-Russian Cooperation in Business Education and Research: Visions and Challenges in Perspectives of the High North.


  • Nilsen, Heidi Rapp; Goodwin, Daniel; Poncet, Marine; Smith, Heather; Thorseth, May Britt; Koop, Stef. (2021) Ethical Drivers and Societal Expectations for the Circular Economy. A White Paper. 2021.