Environment, Sustainability and Governance

Research group

Environment, Sustainability and Governance

Fishes in a coral reef. Power lines. Yellow field. Photo collage.

About us

About us

“Environment, Sustainability and Governance” is an interdisciplinary research group focused on the relationship between nature and society, addressing such issues as sustainable development, energy policies, environmental politics, and governance systems. 

Our research and teaching examine the many dilemmas and tradeoffs related to economic, political and social wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet and ecosystems. For example, how does our need for more energy and food impact climate change, and in turn, how is climate change affecting eco-system services that enhance human wellbeing? What are the political, economic and social solutions for mitigating climate harming human impacts?

Our research is particularly focused on how governance systems might more efficiently address sustainable development that protects social and biophysical environments for the health and wellbeing of the present and future generations. 

The group members are involved in multiple research activities and networks related to the environment, sustainability and governance. We are always alert to new ways into our subject-matter and disciplinary parallels that can engage policy stakeholders outside academia.

Tema: Environment, Sustainability and Governance


Bailey, J., and S. Eggereide (2020) Indicating Sustainable Salmon Farming:  The case of the new Norwegian Aquaculture Management Scheme. Marine Policy. Vol. 117 (July), art no. 103925.

Bjørkhaug, H., P. McMichael and B. Muirhead (eds.) (2020) Finance or Food? The Role of Cultures, Values and Ethics in Land Use Negotiations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Midford, P. and E. Moe (eds.) (2021), New Challenges and Solutions for Renewable Energy: Japan, East Asia and Northern Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Moe, E., S.T. Hansen and E. Hovland Kjær (2021), “Why Norway as a green battery for Europe is still to happen and probably won’t”, in Midford, P. and E. Moe (eds), New Challenges and Solutions for Renewable Energy: Japan, East Asia and Northern Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 281–318. 

Vik, Jostein (2020). The agricultural policy trilemma: On the wicked nature of agricultural policy making, Land Use Policy, Vol. 99, 2020, 

Åm, H. (2022) "Oppdrettslaks i medvind og motvind, in Matens meglere" in Per Østby, Terje Finstad, and Håkon B. Stokland (eds.) Kontroll, kvalitet og kunnskap i den industrielle matens tid.


Bjørkhaug, Hilde, Svein Ole Borgen og Renate Butli Hårstad. Dyrevernskandaler: Hvem stoler vi på at forteller sannheten om dyrevelferd i norsk husdyrproduksjon? 16.06.2021.

Bjørkhaug, Hilde. Klima for kunnskap om kjøttproduksjon. Nationen. Spalten Motkultur. 21.02.2020 (Trykket utgave)

Bjørkhaug, Hilde. Gjenoppbygging av natur som opplevd risiko. Nationen. Spalten Motkultur. 20.01.2020 (Trykket utgave)

Bjørkhaug, Hilde. Visjon om et bærekraftig samfunn uten olje. Nationen. Spalten Motkultur. 08.11.2019 (Trykket utgave)


NTNU Oceans. Contact person: Jennifer Bailey

NTNU Energy's Team Society. Contact person: Sigurd Lundheim

NTRANS. Contact person: Espen Moe

NTNU Food Forum. Contact person: Hilde Bjørkhaug