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Camilla Brautaset

Dean, The Faculty of Humanities
  • E-mailCamilla.Brautaset@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 23 06+47 473 29 832
  • Visitor Address
    Dokkeveien 2B
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Camilla Brautaset (born 1971) is professor of modern economic history at the Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR). Together with professor Ole Thomassen Hjortland as Vice-Dean, she was elected Dean of the Faculty of Humanities for the period 2021-2025.

Brautaset is trained in economics, history and economic history. Her doctoral thesis was within macroeconomic history and combined extensive archival in Norway and the UK, methods and perspectives from humanities with economic theories and quantitative analysis. In addition to macroeconomic history, Brautaset specialises in transnational history, quantitative sources and methods, economic policy and institutional change. In recent years her research interests have also evolved to include historiography as well as migration and missionary history.    

Brautaset headed the interdisciplinary research group “Transnational History and Cultural Encounters, 1850-present” from it was established in 2008 until 2014 and continues to be member of this group today.  In 2010 she received a major research grant through the Norwegian Research Council’s open projects within the Humanities: Merchants and Missionaries. Norwegian Encounters with China in a Transnational Perspective, 1890-1937. 

Brautaset has held several posts of academic services, including as member of the board for the Faculty of Humanities (2017–2021), member of the board for the Bergen Maritime Museum (since 2011), member of AHKR´s advisory board (2013–2017) and being national editor of The Scandinavian Economic History Review (2015–2017). She also chaired the University of Bergen´s Advisory Board for Academic Cooperation with China (2018–2020). 



Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2010). Lost in Calculation? Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1870-1914. Research in maritime history. 203-223.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Globalisation and Norwegian shipping policy, 1850-2000. Business History. 565-582.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Globalisation and Norwegian Shipping Policy, 1850-2000. Business History. 565-582.
  • Show author(s) (1998). Family households and unemployment during years of crisis: New estimates 1926-1939. ?.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Tematiske profilområde ved HF. .
  • Show author(s) (2006). The Quiet Transport Revolution: Returns to Scale, Scope and Network Density in Norway's Nienteenth-Century Sailing Fleet. 62. 62. .
  • Show author(s) (2005). Essays in European Business Performance in the 20th Century, Business History Unit (London School of Economcis and Political Science) Occasional Paper 2005, No 1. .
  • Show author(s) (2014). Finansdepartementet 200 år.
  • Show author(s) (2014). 1814 og Alt Det Der. Hva betydde politisk selvstendighet for norsk næringsutvikling?
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). What makes a successful dissertation (both monographs and article-based)? Experiences from previous evaluation committee members.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina. Norsk diplomati, næringsliv og misjon, 1890-1937.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina Bokbad.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Kina og Tibet.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kina som globalt møtested: Norske erfaringer i historisk perspektiv.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Er globalisering et nytt fenomen?
  • Show author(s) (2005). Forskning innan økonomisk historie.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2019). Numbers in History. History in Numbers.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Martin Luther King Booktalk: To the Promised Land. Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice. .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Institusjonalisert kapitalisme? Krakk, Kriser og Kristiania Børs ved inngangen til det 20. århundre.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Institusjonalisert Kapitalisme? Krakk, Kriser og Kristiania Børs ved inngangen til det 20. århundre.
  • Show author(s) (2019). 100 års børshistorie på 10 minutter.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Sailing along the Silk Road. Norwegian trade with China before 1937.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Glem aldri den nasjonale ydmykelsen - historiske perspektiver på stormakten Kina.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Wallem.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Norway in China and China in Norway: Histories of globalisation from below.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Norske økonomiske interesser i Kina ca. 1890-1940.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Roundtable, The Fate of Nations Project NTNU.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Norwegians in China: Merchants, Missionaries, Migration.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Network Societies and Global Lives .
  • Show author(s) (2016). Missionaries as Migrants.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Different Stories. A book proposal.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Migration and business - the role of human capital.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Foreign Direct Investments, Trade and Economic Globalisation, 1880-1939.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Transnational Encounters Between China and Norway, 1890-1937 (keynote).
  • Show author(s) (2014). The historical context: citizens and state through revolution and reform (keynote).
  • Show author(s) (2014). Merchants and Missionaries – Connecting China, Norway and beyond.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Wallem & Co: Shipping and Business Networks in the Far East.
  • Show author(s) (2012). The Handmaidens of the Sea. Norwegian Merchant Shipping ca. 1700-2000.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Merchants and Missionaries 1890-1937.
  • Show author(s) (2012). From sailing northern seas to world wide shipping.
  • Show author(s) (2012). East of the Sun - West of the Moon.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Processes of internationalisation in a cultural and historical perspective – Scandinavian encounters with China.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Steamships.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Norwegian Maritime Histories.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Norwegian Maritime Histories.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Norwegian Maritime Histories.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Merchant and Missionaries. A project proposal.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Lost in Calculation? Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1870-1914.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Lost in Calculation? Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1870-1914.
  • Show author(s) (2009). East of Aden. Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1880-1920.
  • Show author(s) (2009). East of Aden. Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1880-1920.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Handelspolitikk i det 19.århundre.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Globalisation. 200 years of experience.
  • Show author(s) (2007). The Nordic countries and the European integration: All roads lead to Rome - or do they?
  • Show author(s) (2007). The Nordic Countries and European integration: Economic and political history and it's relevance for today.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Norsk skipsfart i det 19.århundre - overgangen fra å være en regional til å bli en global næring.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Globalisering - 200 år med en internasjonal økonomi?
  • Show author(s) (2007). Globalisation - 200 years of experience.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Comments on professor Robert Marks book: The Origins of the Modern World.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Commentator to papers presented at the session: "Roads to capitalism".
  • Show author(s) (2006). Waiving the rules to rule the waves – globalisation and Norwegian shipping policy, 1850-2000.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Waiving the rules to rule the waves - globalisation and Norwegian shipping policy, 1850-2000.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Norwegian Historical National Accounts. Current status.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Methodology.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Changes in Economic Gravity.
  • Show author(s) (2005). The quiet transport revolution : Norway’s sailing fleet in the 19th century.
  • Show author(s) (2005). The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century: A project update.
  • Show author(s) (2004). The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century: Some results.
  • Show author(s) (2004). The Performance of European Business in the 20th Century: Some methodological issues.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Principles, methodologies and possibilities: Belgian firms and the European business performance project.
  • Show author(s) (2004). How to measure business performance.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Current status and future progress of the project.
  • Show author(s) (2000). Where did they go? On the discrimination of female labourers during the years of crisis: Network of Social Inequality.
  • Show author(s) (2000). Handelsflåten og Trelasteksporten. Noen nye beregninger.
  • Show author(s) (1999). Norwegian economic thought and economic policy 1814-1905: Notes on current views and empirical findings.
  • Show author(s) (1999). How to establish foreign trade series in Norwegian Historical National Accounts: Exports of cod-products as case.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Research on international trade and transport - a generational shift? Scandinavian Economic History Review. 223-225.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Business as usual. Scandinavian Economic History Review. 81-83.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2016). I främmande hamn: Den svenska och svensk- norska konsulattjänsten, 1700–1985. Scandinavian Economic History Review. 79-80.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Søren Federspiel; En Fond i Fokus. Egmont Fondens Almennyttige Virksomhed 1920-2002. Set i Et Samfundsmessig Perspektiv. Business History. 485-485.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Kurt Jacobsen; Jydsk Telefon - Verdens Bedste Telefonselskap. Business History. 483-485.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina. Norsk diplomati, næringsliv og misjon 1890–1937. Fagbokforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2019). Børsen. Markedsplass og møteplass 1819-2019.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2021). Hvordan arvet man et skipsmeglerfirma? En aktørstudie av skipsmeglere fra Joachim Grieg & Co. analysert ut i fra en brevsamling 1927-31.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Bananas of the Caribbean, en studie av bergenske skip i den amerikanske fruktfarten 1886-1911.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Med flytende hoteller gjennom urent farvann - Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskabs cruisevirksomhet 1920-1939.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Likskap på for lova? Den norske boikottlova mot Sør-Afrika og Namibia 1986/87.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Barne- og ungdomsarbeid i den Bergenske handelsflåten 1800-1900.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2008). Økonomiske kriser. Det var verre før. Aftenposten Innsikt. 78-79.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2017). Norwegian Employees of the Chinese Customs Service, 1890-1927.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Historien viktig for å forstå Kina i dag.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Historia ser annleis ut i Bergen enn i Beijing.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Russlandskonflikten og handelsblokader i historisk perspektiv.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Kinas historie er fremtiden.
  • Show author(s) (2014). China´s history shapes the future.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Forsker på misjon og handel.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Dramatiske forandringer på få år.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Blandet karakter til Wikipedia.
  • Show author(s) (2008). I utakt med inntekten.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Tulipaner og økonomiske bobler.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Pengesedler: En kollektiv illusjon?
  • Show author(s) (2007). Fra kontanter til kort.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2019). Børsens historie.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Den internasjonale finanskrisen høsten 2008.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2018). Tran: En transnasjonal historie. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Opium, traktater og tolkninger. Norske utenriksstasjoner i Midtens rike. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Norges første statsbesøk? 9 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina: En introduksjon. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Med skandinaviske vikingskip på kinesiske sedler. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). En maritim silkerute. Norge, Kina og den første globaliseringsbølgen. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Anna Jakobsen og Cheng Xiuqi - en kjærlighetshistorie. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). 1814 og Alt Det Der : det nasjonaløkonomiske byggverket kjem på plass, 1816-1822. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Merchants and missionaries. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Introduction: diversity and development in Asia. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Fortellinger og Forklaringer i Økonomisk Historie. 28 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). When distance matters: the output of the Norwegian merchant fleet, 1830-1865. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Introduction. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Bruttofraktinntekter i norsk skipsfart 1830-1865. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). A long distance affair: Shipping and global integration in the 19th century. 38 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2002). The emergence of an independent Norwegian economic policy: some notes on current views and empirical findings. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Discussing chapter contribution to forthcoming book on European business performance.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Møter med Kina: en introduksjon.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Da gode råd var dyre. 9-18. In:
    • Show author(s) (2014). Finansdepartementet 200 år. Norsk økonomi fra bankerott til overskudd. Finansdepartementet.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Merchants and Missionaries (project leader)

The History of Oslo Stock Exchange (2016 - 2019)


Master students: 

  • Beate Husetuft (2007) : Likskap på for lova?: den norske boikottlova mot Sør-Afrika og Namibia 1986/87
  • Martine Jensen (2007) : Barne- og ungdomsarbeid den bergenske handelsflåten 1800-1900
  • Torbjørn Rødal Wentzel (2008), Fra forsiktighet til fornorsking av oljevirksomheten. En studie av konsesjonstildelingene mellom 1965-1985.
  • Pål-Arne Aam (2008), Norsk bistand og Noremco: eit samarbeid i spenningsfeltet mellom altruisme og eigeninteresse
  • Silje Danielsen (Silje Een de Amoriza) (2009), Regime building and consolidation in Paraguay: in perspective of agrarian legislation 1954-2008 
  • Ingrid Myrstad (2009), Generalkonsulatet i Kina. En studie av en svensk-norsk utenriksstasjon 1842–1905
  • Øyvind Samuelsen (2009), Kinoloven 1913: kupp for åpen scene?
  • Siri Bjarnar (2010), Ordenes makt. Fatalisme og afrikanisme i norske avisers fremstillinger av folkemordet i Rwanda
  • Arnt-Ove Skoge (2010), Hvor fartøy bygges kan... : Skipsindustriell utvikling i Møre og Romsdal i lys av statlige rammevilkår 1975-2000
  • Kristian Botten Pedersen (2010), Med akevitt til biffen. Norsk immigrasjon til Argentina 1880–1930
  • Erik Gotteberg Eide (2010), Klin kokos: kommunal krisehåndtering under første verdenskrig. En analyse av statens krisehåndteringspolitikk overfor kommunene, kommunal krisehåndtering og Provainteringsrådet i Bergen commune
  • Thomas Nordbø Berg (2011), Mellom politikk og marked? En studie av Pengepolitisk avdeling i Norges Bank, IMF og spørsmålet om den norske penge- og kredittpolitikken ca. 1965-1980
  • Kristine Sævold (2012), En skattepolitisk konfrontasjon med skatteparadiser - Det norske Finansdepartementets narrativ om nasjonalpolitisk avmakt i møtet med et globalt fenomen
  • Øyvind Laastad (2012), Det franske spørsmål. Traktatforhandlinger og politisk økonomi 1845-1865
  • Ingvild Helle (2012), Med verdifull last. Norske rederiers deltagelse i frakt av kinesiske arbeidsmigranter i perioden 1895-1930
  • Espen Storm (forventet 2015), Det Oversøiske Compagnie´s vekst og fall
  • Jens Tepstad (forventet 2015), Avviklingen av den norske ekstraterritorialretten i Kina
  • Marte Drønen Lægreid (forventet 2015), Anna Jakobsen Cheng
  • Jakob Tønnessen (forventet 2015), Norsk seilskipsfart i Asia
  • Mats Fromreide Svendsen (forventet 2016), Passasjertrafikk til sjøs 

Ph.D students (past and present): 

  • Knut M. Nygaard (2011), The Scandinavian Lines og Sør-Afrikakonferansen. Linjefart mellom Europa og Sør-Afrika 1900-1940
  • Per Kristian Sebak (2012), A transatlantic migratory bypass: Scandinavian shipping companies and transmigration through Scandinavia, 1898-1929 
  • Joanna Baradziej (forventet 2015), Female Scottish Missionaries in Manchuria 1882-1929
  • Olga Medvedeva (forventet 2015), Norwegians in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service 1862-1948
  • Trudi Eikrem (forventet 2015), Handelshuset Christian Johnsen og den iberiske handelen med klippfisk 1850 – 1900.
  • Kristine Sævold (forventet 2019), Tax havens – a Lifeline to support the Survival of the British Empire?