Fartein holds a master's degree in social anthropology from the University of Bergen. He has previously worked ethnographically in Iceland studying neopaganism. In his master's dissertation, titled A New Age for Old Gods: An ethnographic study of Ásatrúarfélagið in Iceland, he examined how Modernity and technological developments have affected religious revivalism, particularly pagan revivalism, in Iceland and the Euro-American sphere in general. His current research interests include New Religious Movements, Science and Religion, Transhumanism, digital technologies and immortality.
As part of the larger research project Technoscientific Immortality: A study of Human Futures at the University of Bergen, Fartein is currently working on a PhD-project examining the growing field of “digital immortality” technologies. The project, tentativly named Ghosts in the machine: A study of 'digital immortality' technologies and their effects on conceptions of personhood, kinship, and life after death in the US, deploys ethnographic fieldwork, both digital and physical, to examine how people interact with virtual companions and posthumous digital avatars.