In process


Fredrik Løkting Hasselberg

Governance and Conflicting Interests within The Extractive Hot Zone of Repparfjorden

This project aims to uncover how different and conflicting interests and perceptions of place within the assemblage of an Extractive Hot Zone unfold and form the hot zone through interactions between actors and their capabilities to mobilize resources and power at different levels. A multi dimensional assemblage theory, drawing on socio-spatial concepts such as location, scale, network and power will constitute a central part of the project theoretical foundation. Kvalsund in Finnmark will serve as the project’s empirical catchment area and focus will be directed at proceedings in relation to a planned extraction of copper ore in the south of Repparfjorden.

Marikken Wullf Wathne

Changing narratives within the Norwegian petroleum sector

Contemporary changes within the petroleum industry is the basis for Marikkens project, as she seeks to explore how Norwegian oil workers are constructing the changing place identity of Stavanger within the context of discourses surrounding a ”green shift”. In researching this topic, Marikken will interview petroleum workers to attempt to find how narratives and counter-narratives are presented to explain the current changes.


Kari Elida Eriksen

Development of Public Spaces in Bergen from 1950 until today
The aim of this project is to map the development of public spaces in Bergen city centre after the Second World War, using GIS technology and remote sensing. The project will both look at both the national discourse on public spaces and the local practice, and attempt to locate correlations or discrepancies between these. The thesis will employ both quantitative and qualitative methods, using GIS technology, remote sensing and document analyses.


Daniel Michael Larsen

The emergence of the car sharing ring (Bildeleringen) in Bergen

This Master’s project aims to map the emergence of car sharing in Bergen. The project takes its point of departure in John Urry’s notion of ”automobility”, and his ideas of how to break dependence on the private car where shared mobility is a key component. The project uses multiple sources of data. It draws on interviews with current and previous employees who have been involved in the development of Bildeleringen. It uses interviews with local policy makers who have to various degrees facilitated car sharing. Further, I have conducted an extensive survey among current members, to uncover what kinds of people use car sharing and what their experiences are.




Lene Berger Henriksen (completed spring 2016)

Sustainable transport and land use planning in Bergen

The project aims to uncover the underlying structures and drivers for sustainable planning in the municipality Bergen. The goal is to uncover how and to what extent the municipality coordinate their spatial planning and their transport planning in order to handle the growing population and at the same time facilitate less emissions from cars and personal transport. The thesis will build upon theories such as spatial theories, urban planning, governance and power relations, and sustainable development and densification. The thesis will also cover the pressing climate problem to some degree as a framework, and explore structures and the legal framework for planning in Norway. The project will be limited to 3 smaller areas within the municipality, and specifically look at the correlation between plans on housing development and plans for public transportation development in these three areas.


Marte N. Aarak (completed spring 2016)

Sustainable cityplanning from a multilevel governance perspective; a casestudie of Bergen’s implementation of the ‘Cities of the Future’ programme

The theme of Marte’s project is sustainable city-planning from a multilevel governance perspective. The project will be based on a national sustainable city-planning project called Framtidens byer. Framtidens byer is a collaboration program between the state, KS (the organisation of the municipalities) the business community and the 13 largest cities in Norway. The project will build on the theory of Multilevel governance which addresses the transition from government to governance, new public management and the shift of power from the national level to global and subnational actors. The aim of the project is to explore how a sustainable city-planning program based on multilevel governance starts off at the national scale, and how it is implemented at the local scale.


Michal Wojtowicz (completed 2015)

Corporate Social Responsibility programming and impact in the Extractive Hot Zone

Michal is currently doing research in the Extractive Hot Zone of Mamuju, Indonesia, where Statoil has been conducting exploration for several years, while at the same time, employing substantial CSR programming in local villages in order to obtain a Social License to Operate. In this thesis the aim is to look further in to a terminated CSR development program in the Extractive Hot Zone of the provincial capital Mamuju in West Sulawesi. The issues Michal will apprehend is related to the sustainability of the development program, i.e. if the program remain viable and contributes toward the local development and to further see if it empowers the local community or if it remain dependable toward foreign contribution.

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