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Nina Bergan Holmelin

PhD Candidate
  • E-mailNina.Holmelin@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

My research interests lie in adaptive capacity to climate change and other large-scale changes, agriculture, sustainability, food security and development. As a human geographer, I do fieldwork and use mainly qualitative methods.

My work mainly concerns adaptive capacity, flexibility, innovation and food security in small-scale farming systems, in the face of climate change and other large-scale changes. Topics discussed in my PhD project are potentials and barriers to adaptation under climate change in Himalayan farming, gender relations and decision-making within the household, and the logic, meanings and values of subsistence agricultural production. The relations between rural development, climate, markets for food and labor and migration inform my work.

I mainly rely on qualitative methods including case studies and intensive fieldwork methods, in addition to some use of basic statistical analyses. Inter-disciplinary research and mixed methods are important to me and I have some background in anthropology, development economics, political science, sociology, and system dynamics in addition to my specialization as a human geographer. I have fieldwork experience from Nepal, Peru, Estonia and Norway and I have worked on food production and food security in Malawi. I am also engaged in global production, distribution and trade of food, as well as transitions in Norwegian agricultural systems towards social, environmental and climate sustainability.

My PhD project is financed by CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, where I am employed as a Researcher.

Selected publications
  • Aase, Tor Halfdan; Holmelin, Nina; van Oort, Bob; Agrawal, Nand Kishor; Nischalke, Sarah; Wang, Wenling; Ahmed, Sher; Chapagain, Prem Sagar; Bisht, Suman. 2017. Current Adaptations and Future Prospects of Himalayan Farming. Chapter 10, pages 296-346. In:
    • Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2017. Climate Change and the Future of Himalayan Farming. Oxford University Press. 312 pages. ISBN: 9780199475476.
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2017. Minor Crops and Major Opportunities in Dolakha, Nepal. Chapter 6, pages 150-196. In:
    • Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2017. Climate Change and the Future of Himalayan Farming. Oxford University Press. 312 pages. ISBN: 9780199475476.
  • Holmelin, Nina; Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2013. Flexibility of scope, type and temporality in Mustang, Nepal. Opportunities for adaptation in a farming system facing climatic and market uncertainty. Sustainability. 5: 1387-1405. Published 2013-03-25. doi: 10.3390/su5041387
Journal articles
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2014. Dolakha farmers learn to adapt. Nepali Times. 701. 6-6. Published 2014-04-04.
  • Holmelin, Nina; Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2013. Flexibility of scope, type and temporality in Mustang, Nepal. Opportunities for adaptation in a farming system facing climatic and market uncertainty. Sustainability. 5: 1387-1405. Published 2013-03-25. doi: 10.3390/su5041387
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2012. People in the Himalayas need the glaciers. Klima. 2.
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2012. Folk i Himalaya trenger isbreene. Klima. 2: 4-5.
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2010. Fleksible bønder i Himalaya. Klima. 5: 6-8.
Book sections
  • Aase, Tor Halfdan; Holmelin, Nina; van Oort, Bob; Agrawal, Nand Kishor; Nischalke, Sarah; Wang, Wenling; Ahmed, Sher; Chapagain, Prem Sagar; Bisht, Suman. 2017. Current Adaptations and Future Prospects of Himalayan Farming. Chapter 10, pages 296-346. In:
    • Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2017. Climate Change and the Future of Himalayan Farming. Oxford University Press. 312 pages. ISBN: 9780199475476.
  • Holmelin, Nina. 2017. Minor Crops and Major Opportunities in Dolakha, Nepal. Chapter 6, pages 150-196. In:
    • Aase, Tor Halfdan. 2017. Climate Change and the Future of Himalayan Farming. Oxford University Press. 312 pages. ISBN: 9780199475476.

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