My main areas of research are international heritage conventions and heritage bureaucracies and politics. I enjoy working with others and am currently collaborating with researchers form different corners of the world.

Ongoing projects:

Heritage politics at workconducted with Elisabeth Niklasson at University of Aberdeen.

This project examines how and by whom heritage policies are actually shaped, focusing on Scandinavia as a case region. As part of this project we have focused attention on the methodological aspects of heritage research, hosting the session “Messy methods: Heritage studies and the quest for multi-methodological approaches” at the EAA 2019. Moreover, we are interested in how to study up in heritage.

Critical reflections on heritage research, conducted with Joar Skrede.

In the first part of the project we revisited the heritage classic Uses of heritage in article in Journal of social archaeology. One of the topics we identified as interesting to investigate further was the role of experts within the fields of heritage studies. This led us to conduct an interdisciplinary exploration of experts in liberal democracies, published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies. At present we exploring unresolved issues in Critical Heritage Studies.

Norway’s World Heritage history, conducted in part with Jessica Phelps.

So far the project has resulted in an article in the International Journal of Cultural Policy. This first article covers the period from 1972-1989. At the moment we work our way through the 1990s and will presented the ongoing work at the 2018 ACHS conference.

Fearing loss – saving face, conducted with Luke James at Deakin and Evan Hamman at QUT.

Trying to understand how states act to save face when competing in international heritage regimes, we have ventured into an empirical investigation of Australia’s resistance towards the In Danger mechanism.

Completed projects:

Compliance and the World Heritage List in Danger – examining the history of the World Heritage List in Danger, focusing on issues of legal compliance, conducted with Evan Hamman at QUT and Jessica Phelps. This has been published in Transnational Environmental Law. 

Archaeology and the European far-right:  attitudes and responses from heritage bureaucracies – exploratory project undertaken with Elisabeth Niklasson at Stanford University including a session at EAA 2017 in Maastricht and paper at Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New DirectionsThe results of the project is published Journal of Social Archaeology.

Cultural heritage and ecosystem services – an extensive review project of current literature and status of knowledge published in Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, conducted with Sanne Holmgaard and Joar Skrede, both at NIKU.

World Heritage and insider research – project examining insider research in the international World Heritage bureaucracy published in International Journal of Cultural Policy, conducted with Marit Johansson at the University College of South East Norway.

Practicing World Heritage. Approaching the changing faces of the World Heritage Convention – PhD thesis at the University of Oslo. Presented at a series of conferences resulting in peer reviewed publications in The significance of World Heritage,  Primitive tider, Inn i fortida – ut i verden – i museet, Environment and history.

The Bronze Age – the dawn of European civilization? – MPhil thesis at the University of Oslo presented at EAA and in peer reviewed publications in Primitive tider, Becoming European and Bulletin of the History of Archaeology in addition to popular scientific articles in Nicolay Arkeologisk Tidsskrift and argument.

Peopling the past: on analogical reasoning and the question of intellectual and cultural property – MA dissertation at UCL presented at WAC and in Heritage Management.

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