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Ståle Knudsen

Head of Department, Professor
  • E-mailStale.Knudsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 92 80
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 BERGEN

For over 20 years I have done research in the Turkish Black Sea region. This research has covered issues such as fisheries, knowledge, technology, science, consumption, state policies, poverty and common pool resources. Between 2004 and 2013 I was involved in EU-funded interdisciplinary work related to the management of European seas. During this period I also developed a research interest in the political ecology of biodiversity and introduced species in the Black Sea and beyond. I have more recently taken an interest in the widespread social mobilizations taking place in Turkey as reaction and protest to the current massive construction of energy plants (hydropower, thermal, nuclear) across Turkey. From 2015 I am leading the project ENERGETHICS: Norwegian energy companies abroad - Expanding the anthropological understanding of corporate social responsibility (http://www.uib.no/en/project/energethics).

2009. Fishers and Scientists in Modern Turkey. The Management of natural Resources, Knowledge and Identity on the Eastern Black Sea Coast. Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 304.


Knudsen, Ståle (accepted) 'Protests Against Energy Projects in Turkey: Environmental Activism Above Politics?'. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Knudsen, Ståle (accepted) 'Corporate Social Responsibility in Local Context: International capital, charitable giving and the politics of education in Turkey'. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

O'Higgins, T., A. Farmer, G. Daskalov, S. Knudsen, and L. Mee (2014) 'Achieving good environmental status in the Black Sea: scale mismatches in environmental management'. Ecology and Society 19(3): 54.

Knudsen, Ståle (2014) 'Is Escobar’s Territories of Difference good political ecology? On anthropological engagements with environmental social movements'. Review article with response from Escobar. Social Analysis 48(2): 78-107.

Knudsen, Ståle (2014) 'Multiple sea snails The uncertain becoming of an alien species'. Anthropological Quarterly 87(1): 59-92. 

Ron Janssen, Ståle Knudsen, Valentina Todorova and Ayşe Gündüz Hoşgör (2014) 'Managing Rapana in the Black Sea: stakeholder workshops on both sides'. Ocean & Coastal Management, 87(January): 75-87.

A. Ulman, S. Bekisoglu, M.A Zengin, S. Knudsen, V. Unal, C. Mathevs, S. Harper, D. Zeller, D. Pauly (2013) 'From bonito to anchovy: a reconstruction of Turkey’s marine fisheries catches (1950-2010)'. Mediterranean Marine Science, 14(2): 309-342.


2010. [with Mustafa Zengin og Mahmut Hakan Koçak] 'Identifying drivers for fishing pressure. A multidisciplinary study of trawl and sea snail fisheries in Samsun, Black Sea coast of Turkey'. Ocean and Coastal Management, 53(5-6): 252-269.

2009. [with Olivia Langmead, Abigail McQuatters-Gollop, Laurence D. Mee, Jana Friedrich, Alison J. Gilbert, Marian-Traian Gomoiu, Emma L. Jacksona, Galina Minicheva and Valentina Todorova] Recovery or decline of the northwestern Black Sea: A societal choice revealed by socio-ecological modelling. Ecological modelling, 220(21): 2927-2939.

2008. [with Hege Toje] Post-soviet transformations in Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea fisheries. Socio-economic dynamics and property relations’. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 8(1): 17-32.

2008. Ethical know-how and traditional ecological knowledge in small scale fisheries on the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey. Human Ecology – An Interdisciplinary Journal, 36(1): 29-41.

2006. Between Life Giver and Leisure. Identity Negotiantion through Seafood in Turkey. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 38(3).

2004. From Tax to Proteins. State Fishery Policy and the Disregard of Tradition in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies, 40(5).

2003. Situating Technology. Confrontations over the use of sonar among Turkish fishermen and marine scientists, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 2(2).

2003. Black Sea Fishery Management; from Ignorance to Politics. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 3(1).

1995. Fisheries along the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey: informal resource management in small-scale fishing in the shadow of a dominant capitalist fishery. Human Organization, winter 1995.


Chapters in anthologies

Knudsen, Ståle (2015) 'Marine Governance in the Black Sea'. In Michael Gilek and Kristine Kern (eds.) Governing Europe’s Marine Environment. Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? Ashgate, 225-248.

2011 [med Hakan Koçak] 'Through Boom and Bust. Coping with Poverty in Sea Snail Fisheries on the Turkish Black Sea Coast'. I Svein Jentoft og Arne Eide (red.), Poverty mosaics. Realities and prospects in small-scale fisheries. Springer: London and New York, pp. 221-249.

2007. A Comparative Overview of Academic Discourse on Indigenous Knowledge in the Middle East and Africa, in E. Boon og L. Hens (eds.) Indigenous knowledge systems and sustainable development: Relevance for Africa. Delhi: Kamla-Raj Enterprises.

1999. What role for the Turkish Fishery co-operatives? Organisational preconditions for a new management regime in the Black Sea, in M.S. Celikkale, E. Duzgunes, I. Okumus and C. Mutlu (eds) The Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Fisheries and Ecology, 2-4 Sep. 1998, Trabzon/TURKEY.

2008. GFCM Black Sea programme:preliminary elements for a project framework. Rome: GFCM.

2007. [with W. Pelczarski W. and J. Brown] Joining the EU: The Impacts on Fisheries. Elme Project Deliverable 5.3. Plymouth, ELME (EU FP6 project 505576 2006), p. 42.

2006. [with M. Zengin and M.H. Kocak] A detailed report on the social and economic driving forces for each fishery to identify commonality in driving forces for the main fisheries in the regional seas of Europe. Elme Project Deliverable 5.2. Plymouth, ELME (EU FP6 project 505576.

2006. [with Hege Toje] Post-Soviet Transformations in Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea Fisheries: Socio-economic Dynamics and Property Relations. Bergen: University of Bergen.

1997. A comparative study of fishing communities and public awareness in Turkey and Ukraine. Social Assessment Studies of the Human Communities Particularly Affected by the Degradation of the Black Sea Ecosystem. Istanbul: Black Sea Environmental Programme.

Publications in national current research information system (CRIStin)