Håvard Haarstad

Håvard is founder of SpaceLab and a Research Professor at the department of Geography, University in Bergen. His main interest concerns how to make resource and energy governance more democratic and sustainable. At the moment he is particularly interested in how low-carbon energy transitions are taken up in cities and urban planning.

Håvard can be reached at See UiB website.


Tarje Iversen Wanvik

Tarje Iversen WanvikTarje is co-founder of SpaceLab, and working on his PhD at the department of Geography, University in Bergen, on local effect of transnational corporate social responsibility. Increasingly, transnational companies are expected to contribute to economic and social development in the countries they operate in. He examines how the Norwegian corporate social investment and CSR activities affect local communities in Indonesia and Canada, and how local stakeholders receive and perceive such investments. Tarje can be reached at


Stefan Bouzarovski

buzar-300x255Stefan Bouzarovski is visiting Professor at SpaceLab and Department of geography, University of Bergen. He is Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban Energy and Resilience at the University of Manchester. His professional activities are situated at the intersection of two broad thematic areas: energy and cities. Within these domains, he is best known for his path-breaking research on the driving forces and spatial patterns of domestic energy deprivation, focusing on European countries in particular. He leads the EVALUATE project, funded by the European Research Council.


Stina Ellevseth Oseland

stina2[2]Stina’s  PhD-project investigates how NOrwegian cities make Climate and Energy Action Plans and operationalize and implement these plans as a response to a changing climate and a need for energy transformations. As climate changes are affecting more and more areas of society, the policies concerning climate change have to be integrated into the governance of these other areas. Stina can be reached at


Ingrid Foss Ballo

Ingrid Foss BalloIngrid’s PhD Project is titled Energy transition towards a low-carbon society: Perspectives and approaches to energy transition on different scales of Smart Grids. She studies different approaches to energy transition on different scales; both “bottom-up” approaches initiated at the individual level, and “top-down” approaches initiated by technological and/or knowledge elites. This will also enable an analysis of the interaction and interplay between these different scales. Ingrid can be reached at


Sunniva S. Vatle

sunniva1Sunniva Solheim Vatle’s PhD project looks at hydropower in Norway. In today’s economic and power consuming state, hydropower can be regarded as the most critical and beneficial renewable resource in Norway. The main goal of the project is to visualize past temporal snowlines on the west coast mountain regions in Norway during varying future climate scenarios and to study how this will affect the production of hydropower. Sunniva can be reached at


Max Koller

max koller

Max’s PhD project is a holistic analysis of an unmanaged drainage basin in southwestern Norway. The rationale behind the study is to understand how the hydrological system has responded to past climate change. This is important in order to improve our understanding of how changes in large-scale and global conditions are manifested on a local scale. Moreover, in planning for the future, the understanding of past changes and responses is imperative.Max can be reached at


Jakob Grandin

jakobJakob’s PhD-project explores climate and energy transformations in European cities. Around 70% of energy use currently takes place in cities and the world is rapidly urbanizing. Jakob examines the role of intercity collaboration when innovations and policies for sustainable cities are conceived, circulated, adapted and implemented. He also looks at how sustainability initiatives affect justice and power relations and interact with the everyday life of urban dwellers. Jakob can be reached at



Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås

kristin-cropKristin´s PhD-project looks at trans-urban processes of policy making with reference to climate and energy transformation i European cities. The research involves developing better understandings of how urban policy is mobilized, learned and reassembled in and between cities with a particular focus on the geographies and effects of such processes. As cities are increasingly viewed as having a central role in advancing sustainable development it becomes relevant to question how such attempts takes place. Kristin can be reached at


Karin Lillevold

dsc_01111Karin Lillevold is our research assistant and one of the administrative forces at SpaceLab. She assists in collecting data, doing interviews, and in general managing the research group’s projects. She is currently assisting on a research report about shared space and sustainable city development in Bergen. Karin holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen. She wrote her master thesis about national identity in Iceland with focus on understandings and meanings of landscape, nature and sense of place. Karin can be reached at


Spacelab has a number of Masterstudents connected to our activities.