Background and activities
Research areas: Citizenship and sustainable development, slum upgrading, participatory urban planning, forced migration, humanitarianism, policy mobility, action research.
Current teaching: Discourses of Development and Globalisation, Migration and Development. Programme Leader for the international interdisciplinary MSc Globalisation and Sustainable Development at NTNU.
Have previously worked on:
- Urban displacement (Refugee Law Project Uganda)
- Slum upgrading, gender, youth, and community participation (Cities Alliance)
- Emergency response rosters (Norwegian Refugee Council)
Current research projects:
AIDACCOUNT: Holding Aid Accountable - Plural Humanitarianism in protracted crisis. Project starting in July 2020 based on funding from the NORGLOBAL Programme of the Research Council of Norway. Project lead PRIO. Project partners: NTNU, Oxford Brookes University, Makerere University, Centre for Migration Research and Development and Rako Research and Communication Centre.
Co-producing smart sustainable cities - the role of knowledge production in fast policymaking.
Selected Practice and Policy related writing
Refstie, H. 2019. NTNU Sustainability - Roar or Chatter? Universitetsavisa.
Refstie, H. 2015. Is this Participatory Budgeting? The Blantyre Process, NTNU, CCODE, and TRI
Refstie H., Hunga, W. 2015. Some lessons to be learned – Informal Settlement Upgrading Project in Chinsapo and Mtandire, NTNU, CCODE, and TRI
Refstie, H (2014): Negotiating services through community committees – Ndirande Makata, Blantyre, CCODE and TRI
Refstie, H and Da Silva F. (2012): Youth: The face of Urbanization, Inclusive Cities, CIVICS Cities Alliance, Washington DC
Crisp, J. and Refstie, H. The urbanisation of displaced people, CIVICS Cities Alliance, Washington DC
Cities Alliance (2009): 2009 Annual report Building Cities and Citizens – Highlighting Gender Issues in Slum Upgrading, Cities Alliance.
Refstie H., Dolan, C., Okello M. (2009): Urban IDPs in Uganda, Victims of Institutional Convenience? Forced Migration Review 34
Refugee Law project (2007): What About Us? – The Exclusion of Urban IDPs from Uganda’s IDP related Policies and Intervention, Refugee Law Project, Kampala
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
- (2019) The Beginning is never the beginning: Co-producing action research space. Action research.
- (2019) Does Participatory Planning Promise Too Much? Global Discourses and the Glass Ceiling of Participation in Urban Malawi. Planning Theory & Practice. vol. 20 (2).
- (2018) Action research in critical scholarship: Negotiating multiple imperatives. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. vol. 17 (1).
- (2016) Voicing noise: Political agency and the trialectics of participation in urban Malawi. Geoforum. vol. 74.
- (2015) Fighting fog - The case of creeping neoliberalism and weakening university democracy in Norway. Krisis: Tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie.
- (2014) Medvirkning, makt og avmakt i planlegging - Norge og Malawi :. Kart og plan. vol. 74, årg. 107 (4).
- (2012) Displacement in urban areas: new challenges, new partnerships. Disasters. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management. vol. 36.
- (2012) Towards Transformative Participation: Collaborative Research with 'Urban IDPs' in Uganda. Journal of Refugee Studies. vol. 25 (2).
Part of book/report
- (2019) Den kritiske student, Norge anno 2019. Universitetskamp.
- (2019) New University Norway og ProtestPub. Universitetskamp.
- (2019) Ulikhet og uformalitet i bysamfunn - erfaringer fra det globale sør. Bysamfunn.
- (2018) Urban Ecological Planning: Principles, value positions and application in practice. Proceedings of 54th ISOCARP Congress Bodø, Norway, October 1-5, 2018. Cool planning: changing climate & our urban future.