The Norwegian Researcher School in Geography

The Norwegian Researcher School in Geography

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Information NRSG

The School’s primary aim has been to develop an efficient, integrated and comprehensive Norwegian PhD education in geography with courses of high international standard. The School has also aimed to offer the best possible courses in Norway for PhD candidates in geography by pooling resources and develop a more efficient division of labour between the geography departments at the University of Oslo (UiO), the University of Bergen (UiB) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Another important aim has for the NRSG been to help enhance the quality of PhD projects and to systematise the PhD education at the above geography departments. Finally, and in a long-term perspective, a key intention of the Researcher School is to play a central role in contributing to strengthening geographical research, and to secure the recruitment of geographers to researcher positions and university faculty posts.

The School’s secondary aims have been:

  • Renew and improve PhD courses for geographers
  • Broaden the recruitment of PhD candidates
  • Quality control
  • Internationalisation
  • Dissemination of information
  • Strengthen the identity to the geography community in Norway

In order to secure the continuation of doctoral courses offered, a process of scaling up activities to a Nordic level already started in August 2014. A very important result of the School has hence been the establishment of a Nordic Geography Doctoral Network, set to continue to organize Nordic PhD courses and secure institutional collaboration across the Nordic countries.


Overview of all courses offered by the Norwegian Researcher School in Geography

Overview of all courses offered by the Norwegian Researcher School in Geography

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Geography, Autumn 2013 (NTNU)
  • Production and interpretation of qualitative data, Spring 2014 (University of Bergen)
  • Participatory research and planning - theory, practice and action research, Spring 2014 (NTNU)
  • Critical Realism, Environmentalism, Interdisciplinarity and the Critique of Economics, Autumn 2014 (with part
  • funding from the NRSG, arranged by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Geography, Autumn 2014 (NTNU)
  • Economic Geography, January 2015 (NTNU with University of Agder and the Network for Economic Geography)
  • Production and interpretation of qualitative data, Spring 2015 (University of Bergen)
  • Political Geographies of Citizenship (University of Oslo), May 2015 (University of Oslo with the Network for Political Geography)
  • Field methods in Physical Geography (NTNU/Ny Ålesund), August 14-28 2015
  • Quantitative Geographies (University of Oslo), September 14-17 2015
  • Theoretical perspectives in Geography (NTNU), September 21-25 2015
  • The Politics of Human Mobility (PRIO/University of Oslo with Mobilities network), October 12-15 2015
  • Power in Political Ecology (University of Bergen, with Political Ecology Network), November 24-27 2015
  • Contemporary debates in Geography I: Geographies of practice – practicing geography (Nordic collaboration), Uppsala University, April 18-22 2016
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Geography (NTNU), October 24-28 2017
  • Production and interpretation of qualitative data (University of Bergen), Autumn 2017
  • Production and interpretation of qualitative data (University of Bergen), Autumn 2017
  • Urban Transformations (University of Oslo, with University of Bergen), Autumn 2017
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Geography (NTNU), October 8-12 2018
  • Production and interpretation of qualitative data (University of Bergen), Autumn 2018
  • Thinking spatially: Cities, Nature and Society (Nordic Collaboration), Lund University, December 3-7 2018

Funding NRSG

Funding NRSG

The Norwegian Researcher School in Geography was funded by the Research Council of Norway, 2012-2018, and coordinated by the Department of Geography at NTNU

Link to the NRSG as presented in The Research Council of Norway’s project