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 peopleCIVICS 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 InterventionRefugee 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

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Hitland, Sigrun Haugdal; Nielsen, Brita Fladvad; Refstie, Hilde. (2019) Den kritiske student, Norge anno 2019. Universitetskamp.
  • Jakobsen, Thomas Sætre; Andresen, Silje Aurora; Smeplass, Eli; Henriksen, Ida Marie; Refstie, Hilde. (2019) New University Norway og ProtestPub. Universitetskamp.
  • Refstie, Hilde. (2019) Ulikhet og uformalitet i bysamfunn - erfaringer fra det globale sør. Bysamfunn.
  • Sliwa, Marcin; Aranya, Rolee; Refstie, Hilde. (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.