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:

Implementing the World Heritage Convention: The Politics of Compliance, conducted with Evan Hamman. Interdisciplinary project exploring the concept of compliance in relation to the World Heritage Convention drawing mainly on international law, international relations and heritage studies literature. We examine the procedural and substantive dimensions of compliance (including non-compliance), and shows how some states either resist or are brought into line with the ‘rules of the game’ once properties inscribed on the World Heritage List face threats and mechanisms such as Reactive Monitoring, the In Danger List and Deletion are activated. The project is to result in a book contracted to Edgar Elgar Publishing.

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 and have published on the exploratory article How (Not) to “Study Up”: Points and Pitfalls When Studying International Heritage Regimes in Journal of Field Archaeology. We are also organising at session at Nordic TAG 2022 dedicated to the heritage governance and the concept of ‘arm’s length’.

Completed projects:

Norway’s early World Heritage history, conducted with Jessica Phelps. Archival research project on the early World Heritage history (1972-1989) in Norway, focusing on Norway’s ratification to its first Committee tenure. The project has resulted in an article in the International Journal of Cultural Policy, blog entries on and presentations at the 2018 ACHS conference.

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.

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

Archaeology and the European far-right:  attitudes and responses from heritage bureaucracies, conducted with Elisabeth Niklasson at Stanford University. This was exploratory project undertaken with  including a session at EAA 2017 in Maastricht and paper at Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New DirectionsThe results of our research into the Scandinavian far-right’s heritage policies was published  Journal of Social Archaeology.

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

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

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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